Kentucky Rejects Basketball Rivalry Revival Against Indiana
There will be no revival of the Wildcats-Hoosiers rivalry.
Kentucky University, the 2012 national basketball champions, has rejected Indiana University's four-year contract offer that calls for two neutral site games followed by two games on campus venues.
Hoosiers Athletic Director Fred Glass expressed disappointment that the series could not be ironed out but said he understands Kentucky's pursuit of a "non-traditional" scheduling format outlined by Wildcats coach John Calipari.
"It's their sovereign right to schedule as they see fit. But we proposed a serious compromise that seemed workable to everyone. We can't accept a one-sided, take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum that freezes out our students and our season-ticket holders," Glass said.
Glass recently wrote Kentucky counterpart Mitch Barnhart on May 10, offering a four-year contract that would begin with two consecutive neutral site games at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012 and 2013.
The series would continue with a game at Rupp Arena in 2013 and at Assembly Hall in 2014, the contract states.
"That was a suggestion that a number of people had written in to me had made. That four-year plan struck me as a fairly good idea. We reached out in the spirit of compromise to save the series and to save the ability for our students to see at least one Indiana-Kentucky game on campus in their tenure," Glass said.
Eleven days later, Barnhart informed Glass that Kentucky had scheduled a game with the University of Portland for December 8, the same date being considered for an IU-UK game.
For the game to push through, Indiana offered to pay half of Kentucky's $100,000 buyout obligation to Portland and agreed to shuffle its schedule to play the game on December 22.
But on May 23, Calipari wrote a blog post outlining UK's scheduling aspirations, none of which involved Indiana.
Glass was later informed by Kentucky Associate Athletic Dierctor DeWayne Peevy that the Wildcats would not commit to any contract involving more than two years.
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