IU's AD short list down to three

October 27, 2008
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indianalogoThe 13-person search committee charged with finding candidates for Indiana University’s soon-to-be vacated athletic director position has paired its short list down to three candidates, according to two sources within IU’s athletic department.

Indianapolis attorney Fred Glass and IU Associate Athletic Director Scott Dolson join Oregon State University athletic director Bob De Carolis on the short list which will be forwarded to IU President Michael McRobbie for the final selection. No timetable has been given by IU officials for a decision.

Dolson has made a name for himself heading up the IU Varsity Club. He has proven to be a strong fundraiser and has a hefty rolodex within the Bloomington and Indianapolis communities.

Glass is perhaps the least expected and most intriguing of the candidates. Glass, who earned an undergraduate degree from IU in 1981 and law degree there in 1984, made a name for himself as the president of the Capital Improvements Board under Mayor Bart Peterson. As CIB chief, Glass oversaw city owned buildings, including Conseco Fieldhouse and the RCA Dome. He also was a key figure in helping Indianapolis land the Super Bowl, and broker a deal to make the city a part of the permanent rotation to host NCAA Final Fours. Glass, a partner with Baker & Daniels law firm, served as Gov. Evan Bayh’s chief of staff in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Though Glass has no experience as a college AD, the move would not be unprecedented. Earlier this year, Notre Dame hired Indianapolis attorney Jack Swarbrick, who also cut his teeth brokering sports deals for the city and state.

De Carolis, who was first reported to be a finalist for the job a week ago, and Dolson have declined to comment. Glass did not return calls seeking comment.
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  • Couple of big surprises here. If IU officials were looking to fly under the radar to find candidates, they managed that. I know lots of Hoosier faithful probably wondering who Fred Glass is, but he certainly makes an interesting candidate.
  • Dolson is too close to the current regime. De Carolis is too far removed. Glass might be just the right combination. Not on the inside, but plenty familiar with IU and Indy and state inner workings. Only two questions. Can he raise funds for IU athletic department? And can he recruit top level coaches across the board?
  • De Carolis is my choice, but Glass has a very intriguing bio being Pres. of the Capitol Improvement Board in Indy (built Lucas Oil) and also Governor Bayh's former chief of staff. Lot of experience on organizing committees to get the Final Four in Indy and the like. Dolson would be a very uninspired choice.
  • Scott Dolson definitely bleeds Cream and Crimson. one has more AD experience, one more high finance. Interesting final three.
  • Glass would be a great choice and would bring experience, maturity and passion to the position. He was able to raise $25 million in a few short months for the city's Super Bowl bid and served well as the President of the Capital Improvement Board. IU needs someone with Glass's judgment and ability. Go Hoosiers!
  • I'm an IU Alumni and worked in the Student Athletic Board while an undergrad.
    Scott Dolson was an advisor to the SAB and was a complete JERK! Cocky, pompous, and talked down to us, as students. He was NOT well thought of by students. Never liked him....
  • you guys don't want Bobby D. HORRIBLE candidate. Wears women's clothes on weekends. Known neer do well. Better off for all if you left him alone to stay at OSU.

    Just kidding guys, we love Bobby D and wish him the best.

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