Some thoughts on Cook Hall

The media got a full tour of Cook Hall on Friday afternoon. Some thoughts.

  • Legacy Court is the modern museum display you’re expecting. You’ve probably all seen pictures at some point in time, but it does have everything you’d want to see if you’re an IU history buff.  There are red panels all along the terrace level with muralized photos of all Indiana’s men’s All-Americans and women’s first-team All-Big Ten picks. There’s also a panel of the Mop Lady.
  • The center piece, as you’ve seen, is what is known as the IU Tower, an illuminated tower that rises above Indiana’s five national championship trophies. I presume these will eventually be encased in glass, but they weren’t on Friday when the media toured it. DeAntae Prince of the IDS and I were considering an Ocean’s 11 style heist of the 1987 trophy, but eventually opted against it.
  • There are displays on each of the walls and glass cases that rise up to the terrace level on both sides. On the entry level, there are displays featuring players from the Field House Era and the Assembly Hall Era. On the the second level, there are displays featuring IU’s coaches (Bobby Knight is the central focus, as you might have guessed) and there’s another display focused entirely on the undefeated 1975-76 season.
  • There are two interactive displays, featuring highlights from the history of IU basketball. There’s also a database of former players with statistical and roster information on all former letterwinners from the men’s and women’s teams
  • There are two practice courts, one for the men’s team and one for the women’s team. Both are regulation length, and two baskets running along each side.
  • It has a 2,000-square foot “strength development area” (also known as a weight room) for IU basketball players only. At the moment, there are  a few leg presses, treadmills, ellipticals and stairclimbers up. The weights are piled up and still in plastic, but a lot is still coming in.
  • The locker rooms are about as pristine as you would imagine modern locker rooms being. You walk in the door to leather couches and a mural on the wall with a quote from Indiana coach Tom Crean that says “I am looking for people who understand why we wear the candy striped pants, why it says Indiana on the front and what that uniform stands for.” In the hallway, there’s another quote from Bob Knight on the wall, and throughout the entire building, there are muralized photos from IU’s past and present.
  • The video room is covered by a mural and photos of Indiana players who made the NBA. According to IU’s release, Indiana’s coachsing staff will be able to record more than 100 games at a time from broadcast outlets. They can also immediately print out DVD copies of practice.
  • The athletic training suite has several pools for “hydrotherapy” training. Meaning hot tubs and underwater treadmills, etc.
  • There is still significant work being done, and I’m not sure what still will by Sunday’s dedication at 3 p.m. There’s still scaffolding up, and tools and work benches in Legacy Court. But on first glance, it’s pretty obvious where all the money went.


  1. 4guards will say the house built for Knight looks like a giant Crean crab. The robotic basketball machine is programmed to eat Tom Crean and then march to New Mexico and return with Alford in the captain’s chair.

  2. What a horrific looking building. Likely a Crean idea. Instead of building butler-like intensity, we have a crappy practice thing.

    Steve Alford would have had a much better thing going.

  3. 4guard & TC..a couple of poopheads…Alford is gone…please come back and post more trash…not.


  5. If we’re REALLY lucky, there’s a hot tub time machine in the “hydrotherapy” room that will take 4guards back to 1987 and we can all finally be spared his unfounded, premature criticism of Crean and the rest of our program’s rebuilding efforts.

    Say hi to Alford’s sweet hair for us in between worship sessions…

  6. Come on guys. It is pretty obvious that was not my post. This guy is fooling the Crean Apologists as easy as Crean is.

  7. Dustin,

    Curious to know what the quote from Knight is…
    Wish I could have gotten down there this weekend for little 5 to check it out. But I’ll be down there soon enough.


  8. The new building is great but Crean still can’t land a recruit. Alford doesn’t need milllion dollar buildings to win.

  9. I find it amusing that 4tards thinks there is enough difference in the postings for anyone but him to notice.

  10. “I find it amusing that 4tards thinks there is enough difference in the postings for anyone but him to notice.”


    Agree with your statement..And in conjunction with the following quote posted on Scoop this afternoon, maybe even more mysterious….?

    • southport65 | April 23rd, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    Speaking of impostors I have noticed that Husky Tom on the Scoop has directly opposite views as Husky Tom on the Indy Star site.
    So Tom, who is the real Husky Tom?

    Random Entertainment: Another 4guards hot tub song. Was that guy really detective Hutchinson? No way….no way.

  11. You guys seem all to pressed to just jump on here and comment for the sake of commenting on every post, regardless of the story.

    Cook Hall seems like a great investment in the future success of Indiana Basketball and an even better recruiting tool.

    Go Hoosiers!

  12. It is a feather in the cap of the facilities. Between the Mellencamp facility for football and Cook hall we have some impressive edifices to show the recruits, whereas Kentucky has a giant ATM.

  13. Posted on Indy Star/Hoosier Insider/April 13, 2010
    >A couple of new bigs to consider<

    Chet wrote on April 16, 2010 1:55 PM:

    Raider fan,
    I agree with you. Purdue has 3 guys on the Indiana All Star team, Butler has 2 , and Indiana has ZERO.
    Crean has got to recruit Indiana or find another place to coach. He is wearing out his welcome.


    Same Chet as here? Closet 4guards supporter?
    If so, shame on you.

  14. Never been there. To the best of my remembrance I’ve never even read the Indy Star. I’m from down on the river. I’ve stated my position. I don’t think folks should pretend to be 4tards or Husky Tom or anybody else. I sometimes don’t post here for a week or so at a time and I don’t feel that strongly about the stuff on here. Could just be a coincidence. I don’t really care.

  15. As far as Sampson goes, it’s like going to a German history museum without any mention of Adolf Hitler

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