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Indiana blaming Kentucky for soft non-conference schedule


Does a day go by without Indiana basketball mentioning Kentucky in some form or fashion? Today, the Hoosiers are complaining that since the Kentucky/IU series ended after 2012, they haven’t been able to find a marquee non-conference matchup, despite offers from Kansas, Louisville, and Gonzaga. Here’s what IU Athletics Director Fred Glass had to say, according to Inside the Hall:

“We’re getting to the point where I think it’s going to be really challenging for us to get that for this year,” Glass said. “That’s been what we’ve been working on with Tom. We always try to have at least one marquee non-conference opponent. In the past, that was Kentucky, and then in off- Kentucky years, it was our ACC Challenge opponent.

The Kentucky thing, that sort of threw a curve in it. We’re in between some potential new opportunities. We’re out there. I’m optimistic we’ll have some exciting non-conference teams, but it may be that the Kentucky situation forces us to lose a year.”

IU’s biggest non-conference foes for the 2013-2014 season? Mighty Evansville, North Florida, Oakland and Kennessaw State. Kentucky’s non-conference schedule eats that for breakfast.

Word has it the “Blame Kentucky” popcorn boxes are already in production.

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42 Comments for Indiana blaming Kentucky for soft non-conference schedule

  1. Rockfield, KY
    10:48 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    All they have to do is agree to play in Indianpolis every year and this wouldn’t be an issue. Louisville offered to play them in a home and away and Indiana declined, so they don’t have a leg to stand on.

  2. Jeffrey
    10:50 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    If IU was a person, they’d be the type of person who continues to look for bad things, and expect others to feel bad for them.

  3. Scott Lovelace
    10:52 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    IU doesn’t want a tough non-conference schedule because if they did they would pick up Kansas,Syracuse, or Florida. Syracuse is always looking for someone to come up and play them in the Carrier Dome in November. Crean is weak.

  4. Lmao
    10:57 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    That picture is never going to get old.

  5. J in Orlando
    10:59 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    This is exactly what Crean wanted…a weak nonconf schedule to pad his wins and have someone else to blame. They will not have a marquee opponent because they dont want one

  6. KnowWhyTheyDidn'tScheduleSU?
    11:00 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    They are already playing Syracuse away for the B1G/ACC challenge.

  7. They
    11:01 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    UK offered an annual neutral site game in their own state, Louisville offered a home and away.. They don’t want a tough opponent, just to pretend that they do.

  8. Common Sense
    11:02 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Believe me, I hate IU, but I think this is taken out of context a little…

  9. Mr. C
    11:02 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    great im glad we could ruin a whole season for them and their fans, lets make it two as long as their fans cant watch good basketball

  10. Shameless Plug
    11:02 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Look what I found on @eBay!

  11. Kristen Geil's Abs
    11:03 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Dear IU, you needed us more than we needed you.

  12. Poo Poo Rogers
    11:04 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The only marquee match up we have at home is Louisville. Let’s not act like we’ve got a bunch of world beaters coming into Rupp next season…

  13. to lovelace
    11:04 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    as someone who has followed SU’s program closely for a long time, i don’t entirely agree with you that SU is “always looking” for someone good to come play them in the Dome. unless your also located in NY (Bonaventure/siena/colgate/cornell/canisius), boeheim rarely schedules hard foes, at home (or away). PLaying SDSU on ship in the san diego harbor, or florida at a neutral site in Tampa, or temple (neutral site at MSG) is about as risky as he gets. The game at Arkansas was shocking to me….but i think that was a bigeast vs. sec matchup of some sorts. (not to mention IU would then look dumb and desperate to take a 1-way game in Syracuse)

    however, you and some of the other posters are right about the other offers on their table. supposedly ku, u of l, (and of course Kentucky) has put very fair offers to IU, and they have declined (only to bit&h about UK and Cal some more). they are the most ignorant and whiny major college sports administration in history.

  14. to lovelace
    11:07 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    i guess they are playing at SU (albeit its big11 vs. acc classic….so i stand by my other points)

    drinking early today. get r done

  15. to poopoo
    11:10 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    marquee games are more impressing on road or neutral site. to say ‘only have u of l at home’ isn’t making much a point. michigan state in Chicago, Baylor one hour from their campus, at UNC, & UofL at home

    not too shabby

  16. KG
    11:12 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Here Ya Go Poo Poo just for you: CLUE………….now you have one!

  17. Laker Cat 18
    11:13 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Leave it to Kentucky to keep Indiana basketball on life support. Guess we pulled their plug last year. RIP Indiana.

  18. bigcat76
    11:13 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    We all knew that guy who thought he was the man back in the day, but never dated because the “all” the girls were too athletic, too smart, too high maintenance, too low plain, too small, etc. turns out that guy was gay. Therefore IU must be gay!!!

  19. [email protected]&k IU
    11:14 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Indiana and Mr.Sweet 16 aka tommy crean need to grow the hell up…I pray we meet them in the tournament….I’m so tired of hearin these ignorant hoosier fans run their mouths…from the popcorn boxes to the sweet 16 rings iu is seriously a joke…they were a top 5 program once apond a time my eyes they lost that spot…not only do u need to the tradition and success…u also need to act like uve been there before..and top 5 pro grams don’t rush courts …

  20. Real UK Fan
    11:14 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Who really cares what kind of schedule IU has? For that matter who really cares whehter IU even has a schedule? They have no excuses. They have chosen not to schedule the big time teams so they have only themselves to blame.

  21. Will
    11:20 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Tom Crean won’t last at IU, his days are numbered. He should have at least made it to the elite 8 with 2 high draft picks. Now he has to start over.

  22. Bob
    11:20 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    They dug their own grave by treating our team and fans so poorly.

  23. Jack Nicklaus
    11:26 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Indiana has to be the whiniest bunch I have ever seen. Always complaining about something or blaming somebody for another. Can someone send them a whambulance?

  24. quickie
    11:37 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Assault our pretty girls and then whine?

  25. Big Blue Coming At You
    11:45 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    They had opportunities with Kentucky in Indy and even UL at home. They didn’t take it so it’s their own damn fault they are in the position they are in.

  26. wardrobe malfunction
    11:52 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. call the waaaaahmbulance. whiniest bunch ever, they blame everything on UK, and nothing on the fact that they took their ball and went home just because UK and others won’t play by their rules. Suck it Hoosiers-you are a non-factor now.

  27. MrWildcat
    11:53 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    This works in IU’s favor. Their record come march will be much better then it would if they actually scheduled good opponents

  28. UK#1
    11:54 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    IU fans are really going to come out of the woodwork after we win # 9 this season. 2 ships in 3 years for us and what have they done. O yea sweet 16. LMBO!!!

  29. Larry
    11:55 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    “…despite offers from Kansas, Louisville, and Gonzaga”

    So it sounds like UK, and Cal, wasn’t the villan in the IU series ending. No other school can work with the Hoosiers terms either.

  30. asdfad
    11:59 am July 31, 2013 Permalink

    hahaha i love that pic tho i geek everytime

  31. Chaz
    12:10 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    There are four things I will thank Indiana for: Mike Flynn, Kyle Macy, Marquis Teague, and after watching a KET music show last night, Michael Cleveland (he is a graduate of Kentucky School for the Blind). If you like Bluegrass fiddling, take a look, and there’s a ton of video on youtube if you want more.

  32. Al/in/Indy
    12:11 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Living in the heart of In, you never know what the hell they are going to say or who they’re going root for. One day it’s IU, the next is Butler, if Evansville has a good year they’re with them also, same goes for ND.
    Personally I don’t care! Crean whined his a$$ off because UK dropped them like a STD infested hooker. IU fans would come up to me in a store if I was wearing anything UK and say they hope we meet in the tourney (Of course we didn’t fair that well). IU should’ve played for the National Championship, but because their coach was thinking more of his own ego as to winning they were bounced (again) like a super ball. Screw ’em, they dished out the meal they’re eating NOW!
    Bon apetite you clown suited nerf balls!

  33. UKBlue
    12:45 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    So it’s UK fought IU is stupid & wouldn’t play in a game that would have made even IU more money than playing in their dump.

  34. Former Hoosier
    12:58 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Chaz–your list is so short: Louie Dampier, Tommy Kron, Steve Lochmueller, Jerry Hale, John Adams, Tom Heitz, Jim Master, Walter McCarty, Larry Steele, Gene Stewart, Sean Woods, Marcus Teague. I’m sure there are others.

  35. Retired b-ball player
    1:04 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    33…oooh, you might want to spell check before that comment gets posted on some IU board. haha just saying.

    Go Cats!

  36. jimp
    1:26 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Let these fools keep crying. I never heard any of this garbage when, after we kicked their butts in Rupp Arena in 1984, Bobby Knight said he would never play UK there again. That is why they started playing the games in Louisville and Indianapolis. They are like a bunch of little kids. If you don’t play the way I want to, I am going to take my ball and go home to Mommy.

  37. Do whut?
    1:48 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #8 is right. There’s really nothing to see here. While IU has been disingenuous throughout the process with UK and has griped and whined all along I think this is a poor example. He doesn’t really seem to be whining or even blaming UK in this particular quote. Then again it’s IU so hate on.

  38. KyJake
    1:59 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s my question about this: UK declined to renew the series two years ago. Teams did not meet last year. I realize teams are doing their scheduling a lot more in advance than in the past, but you mean to tell me that since learning the series was going to be dropped BEFORE last season they couldn’t find someone for this upcoming season? In addition to being whiners, they are also apparently poor planners.

  39. sgt. stedenko
    3:03 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….the state of Indiana can suck a fart out of my ass.

  40. Alumni Gym
    3:50 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    To #34, Tommy Kron was from Owensboro, Kentucky.

  41. Carlos Danger
    4:33 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe they wll hang a “Blame Kentucky” banner In Hooter Hall.

  42. Dennis smith
    5:07 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    My opinion is, the reason IU was dropped was because of the behavior of their fans after their win in 2011 – and nothing else. Behavior that resulted in injury. I hope we never show such disregard to any fan visiting Rupp even an IU fan. But let’s not have to worry about ever having them in Rupp again. Close the door on IU once and for all.