In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Indiana AD Fred Glass announces his plans to retire
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and today Fred Glass announced his upcoming retirement from Indiana.
Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced Monday that he will retire from his position at the end of the academic year, carrying through with his duties until the celebration of Indiana University’s bicentennial at the end of the spring 2020 semester.
Glass, who began his role as AD at the start of 2009, has overseen a period of growth and success both on and off the court for many IU athletic programs, although it’s been largely a hit and miss endeavor with IU men’s basketball, the showcase program in Bloomington.
When he took over the AD role, Glass inherited a mess.
He was the fifth athletic director in eight years at IU, and the men’s basketball program was using outfielders from the baseball program to practice and suit up for games.
“As we sit here today, it’s hard to think about how bad it was when I got here,” Glass said Monday during a media conference regarding his retirement.
Glass reflected on the memories and the moments that shaped his time as AD on Monday, from the men’s soccer program winning its eighth national championship to Indiana football’s historic season.
But the elephant in the room remained Glass’ track record in charge of Hoosier men’s basketball, something Glass acknowledged was under more scrutiny than the other sports.
Christian Watford’s game-winning shot against Kentucky in 2011 was one of the high points referenced by Glass, who repeatedly praised former IU coach Tom Crean for the work Crean did in helping turn around the program following severe NCAA violations placed on Indiana for acts committed while Kelvin Sampson was the head coach.
“Even though it didn’t reflect us being all the way back to where we wanted to go, it really reflected Indiana University basketball being relevant again,” Glass said of Watford’s winning shot.
Two outright Big Ten championships and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances followed with Crean at the helm, but there was also the disappointment that came with losing at that stage in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, as well as recent seasons in which Archie Miller, one of the 15 coaching hires Glass has made as AD, has failed to lead Indiana back to the NCAA Tournament.
But on Monday, Glass reaffirmed his belief that Miller will be a “very, very successful coach here for a very, very long time.”
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