While it appeared that the Indiana-Kentucky series was dead when the schools announced their impasse on May 3, but it should be no surprise to anyone who is familiar with IU athletic director Fred Glass's background that the deal-maker continued to negotiate with Kentucky even after the negotiation had supposedly ended. Dustin Dopirak of the Herald-Times submitted a document request to IU for all correspondence and other documents related to the negotiation, and click over to see what he found. (While the letter was produced to the H-T because of an Open Records request, it pretty transparently was written for public consumption. I wonder if Glass went so far as to solicit the Open Records request?)
Here's a quick rundown:
- On May 10, via telephone, Glass proposed to Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart a four-year contract that would begin with two consecutive neutral site games at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012 and 2013 and would continue with a game at Rupp Arena in 2013 and at Assembly Hall in 2014.
- On May 21, Barnhart informed Glass that UK had scheduled a game with the University of Portland for Decmeber 8, which had been the contemplated date for an IU-UK game. IU offered to pay half of Kentucky's $100,000 buyout obligation to Portland. IU also offered to shuffle its schedule to play the game on December 22.
- On May 23, UK coach John Calipari wrote a blog post outlining UK's scheduling aspirations, including the desire to play at least two games a year in football stadiums, none of which involved IU. Glass interpreted the post as an indication that IU's offer was or would be rejected.
- Shortly thereafter, a UK associate AD confirmed to Fred Glass that UK would not be committing to any contracts that were for more than two years.