Odd thoughts while wondering whatever happened to Uwe Blab...........
Fred Glass was introduced as the new Athletic Director at Indiana University yesterday. This closes a very unpleasant chapter in the history of our state university.
Glass is an attorney from Indianapolis. He graduated from Brebuf Jesuit High School and received his undergrad and law degrees from IU. He worked for a prominent firm in Indy. Ironically, all the ADs at either Purdue, Notre Dame and IU now have Brefuf connections or connections to the law firm that Glass used to work for.
He is a perfect fit for the mess in Bloomington. Outgoing AD Rick Greenspan was a major player in driving this thing into the ditch over the last few years. The Kelvin Sampson saga was a mess from day one. I am proud of my Indiana University heritage mostly because my fellow IU bretheren and I were right there seeking the ouster of Sampson even while he was winning. Most of us placed the integrity of the university over wins and losses. A rare breed in collegiate athletics these days.
Combined with the hiring of Tom Crean, the addition of Glass will help solidify the ethic base of major sports at IU. Glass was a significant contributor in the deal to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, the building of Lucas Oil Stadium and the initial proposal for a Super Bowl coming to Indianapolis. His credentials in the state are well known, and his mark will be felt throughout the nation as he helps rebuild the integrity of a once great sports program.
Several friends and I plan on taking a trip to Bloomington to see the Hoosiers play this year. I don't care if they don't win a game, I plan on supporting this administration. While I am not sure of wins and losses at this point, I am sure of two things. One, the program will be built the right way, and two, the players will play with maximum effort every night out.
And, isn't that what it's supposed to be about anyway?