Patterson hearing from other schools

Chris Hawkins, Ron Patterson’s AAU coach, confirmed that a number of schools have been in contact with Patterson since it was announced Wednesday that he will not enroll at Indiana. That list includes Missouri, Ohio State, Purdue, Louisville, Illinois, Memphis, Villanova, Xavier, IUPUI, Dayton, Providence and Wright State. (The list was initially reported by Jeff Rabjohns of Patterson is academically qualified, which means he could attend any of those four-year schools without penalty.

Patterson does have the option of attending a prep school, and if he were to do that, he would almost certainly go to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, Hawkins said.


  1. Not necessarily. Basically, this entire notion of faculty sponsorship suggests to me that it’s just not that simple as GPA, SAT’s and whose standards are higher and whose are lower. Patterson is qualified by NCAA standards. There’s a degree to which this is a judgment call on a part of the faculty advisory committee. Just because these other schools are showing interest does not necessarily mean their standards are lower.It could, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call that fact.

  2. Couldn’t they also just be letting him know they are interested for 2013-14… Hoping that maybe Ron has a little bit of a sour taste in his mouth for IU or that due to the potential oversign for next year IU won’t be able to pursue him any longer?

  3. Duston, Patterson had a press conference or released a statement yesterday afternoon. Do you have a transcript of it that you could publish?

  4. Rich – inquiring does not mean he will be admitted. Schools inquiring are likely wanting to see his transcripts as they would not have this information due to his early commit to IU. That is generally one of the 1st things you do if any interest to see if even a viable option for your school. Likely some would no longer pursue once they see his transcripts but many would continue

  5. It does not surprise me that numerous other schools are trying to recruit this talented young man. I think we all understand that there are a lot of schools out there that offer less academically challenging curricula, a variety of degree programs that do not require high academic capabilities, and that a lot of schools don’t really care if their student-athletes get a quality education or not. That does not mean that they are bad schools, just that they may have different standards and or philosophies when it comes to academic achievement.

    However, on the other side of the coin, IU has made it’s decision. And it would be inappropriate for any Hoosier fan to resent other schools from recruiting this young man. We can’t hoard talented basketball players. We can’t feel as if other schools are “taking” something away from us. IU made its decision that Ron Patterson was not, at this time, a good fit for IU’s academic requirements/standards. It’s now Ron Patterson’s turn to make a decision as to what he wants to do with his academic and athletic future. Whatever he decides, I will respect his decision.

    This is the result of a philosophy, that IU administration has embraced, that says, “we place emphasis on the balance between academic and athletic achievement and we’re not going to compromise our standards, and do a young person a disservice, regardless of how athletically talented he/she may be.” IU is certainly not the only college that embraces this philosophy. Notre Dame and Vanderbilt are just two examples of schools that maintain very high academic standards for there scholarship athletes (probably much higher than IU’s standards). In general, it’s a very good policy, but it does require us to accept that we will lose the services of some very talented athletes from time to time.

    I wish Patterson the best in his future. I hope this experience has reinforced the need for him to work hard at his academics, and that he finds and institution that will support his efforts to become a complete man. Perhaps, a year from now, that will be Indiana University.

  6. ^All complete BS.

    If we weren’t over on scholarships, this would have all been swept under the rug instead of making this young man look like a misfit ‘ugly duckling’ student…It’s really all very, very, sad. Quit acing like Indiana is some gleaming academic example. It’s likely more difficult to get accepted into Purdue these days.

    There is likely not a university in the state of Indiana that would turn their back on this young man even if he wasn’t a basketball player. He qualified and we cut him because Crean had too many on scholarship and this was the player that would create the least backlash. Stop with the BS and stop with the painting of this kid being any worse a student(given a fair chance)than some preppy frat rat that will be drunk on his ass tonight.

  7. With the defensive work ethic Patterson displayed on the basketball court as my judge…? This kid would have beaten the odds in the classroom with the same determination.

    Somebody had to go. The decent thing to do would have been to just cut him and admit to your mistake that you thought the numbers would add up and they didn’t. What do we do instead? We corner a committee into picking one name to paint as unworthy our standards…What a total bucket full of crap. I wouldn’t blame Patterson if he defecated on Crean’s front lawn and took his rightful hostility straight to West Lafayette.

  8. I trust IU and the Zellerites. But I’ll also root for Buss Patterson wherever he ends up. My guess is adding Remy late last year and his surprising potential sorta took Buss’s role. 3-4 years ago Buss would’ve lead IU in scoring but now IU doesn’t ‘need’ him.

  9. So Harvard, you’re saying that FOR A FACT you KNOW Crean pulls the strings on the Faculty Sponsorship Program? You are ACCUSING IU of employing faculty and then placing them on the subcommittee based on their unscrupulous behavior.

    This subcommittee is FACTUALLY then corrupt, and not only for basketball, but assumably for all sports. They also sponsor non-athletes who may not meet all IU academic criteria, but can potentially bring value to the institution in other areas (i.e. the Arts). Therefore we can assume that these faculty are also in the pocket of other Deans or Professors. Apparently the entire university is now corrupt.

    How people like you and Tsao and Chet and guest and Po have any pride In your alma mater is beyond me. Maybe it’s best I didn’t get my degree there.

    Take a break from your conspiracy theories and check back in to reality for a little while.

  10. Geoff, there are some people out there that are extreme cynics. Here’s how you can spot them; facts usually have no affect on their beliefs, but they often present their beliefs as if they are facts. They almost always assume the worst in people, especially if they believe those people hold some form of power. They jump to conclusions, usually the worst case scenario, and speak as if they are defending the underdog, but they’re really just using a situation to express their cynical anger. They need to express this like most people need to exhale.

    I won’t begin to explain why some people become extreme cynics, but I have discovered that it is very difficult for them to change. And I have discovered that extreme cynics rarely ever admit that their opinions about a person, or some entity, was wrong, even when presented with facts that prove that they were wrong. And logical arguments are often wasted on cynics, because its just easier and more comfortable for them to hold on to their cynicism. Suggest you watch the old movie “Twelve Angry Men” if you’d like to see this demonstrated more vividly.

  11. Enjoyed the wisdom Po. I’ll see if I can find the movie on net flicks or free on-demand. Haven’t seen it in 20 years. Did they remake it recently?

  12. If he had gone to Kaintuck academics would never have been an issue. That’s why I’m glad my degree says Indiana. To assume a faculty advisory board is making accommodations for CTC tells me that you have no respect for the faculty. In my wildest dreams I can’t imagine any faculty member I have worked with taking athletics into account other than as a factor in time management issues. Believe me, just because you live and die with every bounce of a basketball does not mean an assistant professor would jeopardize their reputation on a basketball recruit.

  13. Chet, somewhere I read that it could not be Kentucky. They would have a problem with the salary cap.

  14. Well that and Calipari wouldnt want to set the precedent of recruiting someone ranked out of the top 100, regardless of their potential.

  15. It is nice to know that our diplomas from IU are higher in value than those of Purdue, IL, and OH St. To Ron Patterson: I hope that you make it to IU in the future, tou were born to wear the candy stripes on Assembly Hall. But come what may good luck, hold your head high, and remember you are a Hoosier!

  16. I’m with you. The fact of the matter is, it sounds like he wasn’t ready for the academic rigors before him. It also sounds like he recognizes that. If he is receiving good counsel perhaps he is being advised to get his academic house in order before going on to ANY school.

    I think there is every chance he might end up wearing the candystripes after all.

    Then we can have another scholarship crisis for everyone to lose their minds over.

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