No more IU vs. UK
Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:00 pm
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana versus Kentucky, one of college basketball’s best rivalries, is over.
Barring a change of heart between now and this summer, Indiana officials said Thursday that they will not renew the contract to play Kentucky because of a disagreement over where to hold the games. The schools have met during the regular season every year since 1969, with all but one of those games played in December.
After months of behind-the-scenes bickering over whether to play the games on campus, as Indiana prefers, or at neutral sites, as Kentucky prefers, Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass ended the debate for now.
“In the final analysis, we want our student-athletes, our overall student body and our season-ticket holders to enjoy this series at Assembly Hall,” Glass said.
Still, Glass kept some hope alive by acknowledging the series could be revived if Kentucky is willing to play games on campus. The most recent contract expired after December’s game.
Both sides can point to history to make their arguments.
The games rotated between Freedom Hall in Louisville and the Hoosier/RCA Dome in Indianapolis from 1991 through 2005. That’s when the games returned to campus sites, where the regular-season games were played exclusively from 1976 through 1986.
Kentucky believes the schools could make more money by playing in larger, off-campus arenas, something Hoosiers officials also acknowledge. Published in The Messenger 5.8.12