Indiana says UK rejected compromise to save series

Fred Glass

Update: UK’s response.

The Bloomington Herald-Times reports that Indiana recently re-opened negotiations with Kentucky to save the annual basketball series but that in the end UK rejected an offer of a four-year contract with two games played at a neutral site and two games played on campus.

Through open records laws, the Herald-Times obtained a letter from Indiana athletic director Fred Glass to UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart saying that Kentucky had turned down the proposal.

IU said it was willing to play neutral site games in 2012 and 2013 in exchange for on-campus games in 2014 and 2015.

An excerpt:

Glass said that he and Barnhart had several phone conversations and that they were involved in a conference call that also included several other administrators in both athletic departments. However, on May 23, Kentucky coach John Calipari made a scheduling related post on his blog that discussed the revival of the Wildcats’ series with North Carolina and his attempts to begin a series at neutral sites with Duke. Glass said he called Barnhart to find out if that meant that negotiations were off. According to the letter, IU assistant athletic director Jayd Grossman received a call from Kentucky executive associate athletics director DeWayne Peevy saying that Kentucky would refuse a contract lasting more than two years.

If true, it’s obvious that Calipari has moved on and has no interest in scheduling the Hoosiers in the near future, even if that means playing in Bloomington just once in four years. That’s a shame, especially considering a Kentucky-Indiana matchup next year could be the best non-conference game of the entire college basketball season.

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