IU announces handful of kickoff times

Indiana has announced kickoff times for a handful of early-season games this fall.

The Hoosiers’ regular season opener against Ball State will kick at noon on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Lucas Oil Stadium. That game will be followed by the Hoosiers’ home opener vs. Eastern Illinois on Saturday Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Indiana will begin Big Ten play vs. Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon. IU’s Sept. 28 game at Michigan State will kick at either 3:30 or 4 p.m., and its homecoming game vs. Rutgers will begin at noon on Oct. 12.

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  1. And why, on top of playing OSU, MI, MSU and PSU would IU ever want to schedule ND? The goal is to produce at least six wins and go to a bowl so you can continue to build a better program. Playing ND would be contrary to that goal, at least for the foreseeable future. Heck, if ND had to play the same Big Ten East teams that IU does, they’d never make it to the NCAA playoffs.

  2. I just read a very interesting article by Mike Schuman on The Dailey Hoosier website. It is titled “The Fox Guarding the IU Athletics Henhouse?” It reports that IU’s Administration has been spending a significant portion of IU’s share of Big Ten Network revenue on non-athletic projects, like the construction of new academic buildings, etc. The article raises the question, given that IU has the lowest or second lowest Athletic Department budget in the Big Ten Conference, is it a good idea for IU to divert large sums of money earned by IU Athletics toward pet academic projects?

    I encourage you to read this article. It explains a lot and provides insight as to why IU Athletics continues to fall behind in the Big Ten’s athletic arms race. It speaks to the priorities of IU’s Board of Trustees and President McRobbie and confirms my long held suspicions about how they value IU Athletics. It also encourages all IU Alumni to vote in the current Trustee election and presents links that make it easy to read each candidates bio and then to vote.

    1. Po,
      Glad you raised the issue of the current election for Alumni selected Trustee. Sure would be nice if each candidate was quizzed about their commitment to IU athletics in general and the two revenue producing programs in specific. Same holds true each time there is a gubernatorial election in Indiana as well. Alumni get 3 selections, but the Governor gets 6 of the 9.

      1. Not that a Purdue grad in the governor’s mansion would ever do anything that is not in the best interests of IU athletics

  3. From the article in The Daily Hoosier:
    “The $53 million building was funded entirely through university sources with half of the funding coming from IU’s Big Ten Network revenues, representing the largest-ever commitment from IU Athletics revenue to support the core academic mission of the university.”
    More than just the funding of one building, it appears that IU Athletics money is diverted back to the University on a routine basis. Consider this from Director of Athletics Fred Glass’ profile page:

    Under Glass’ stewardship, Indiana Athletics has been financially self-supporting without any tuition contribution, student fee, or taxpayer money. In fact, the Athletic Department annually pays over $17 million to the University in tuition, room and board, books, and fees for scholarships, and is helping to fund the University’s new Global and International Studies Building and Regional Academic Health Center.

    This certainly explains a few things. But IU’s relatively paltry Athletic Budget being used to fund the construction of academic buildings and a health center shows you what the Administration’s priorities are, and Athletics is not one of them.

  4. Eegads! The trustees of an institution of higher learning are prioritizing academics over athletics? What’s next? Students prioritizing studying over partying? I tremble to think where all this might lead . . . .

    1. Davis,
      There is only one little fly in the ointment for universities doing this, the coming payment of athletes. Whether any of us like it or not, paying college athletes is coming. It is only a matter of time. If IU is not making the proper investments into the revenue generating programs, it will find itself in a bit of a predicament. Hard to foresee exactly what shape everything will take on but there is no doubt, if your program is not prepared, it could be major problems.

      The biggest potential problem I see is under performing schools being booted out of their respective conferences in favor of schools who do. If you were OSU, UM, PSU, etc . . ., do you want to continually be subsidizing schools who bring little in terms of market appeal to the table? IU seems content to enjoy a large and growing stream of B1G revenue but cares little about doing their part to enhance that revenue. IU has historically been complacent regarding this, especially regarding the the only two programs in college athletics which matter in the financial equation. Football and Men’s basketball are carrying the water for IU just like every other school in the country.

      1. Money moves the mountains but, according to their rules of the road, the Big Ten exists as a collection of universities with specific post graduate research schools and opportunities.

        In theory, anyway.

        That is one of the reasons Notre Dame has never been seriously spoken of as a future member. They just don’t have the requisite graduate programs to be a Big Ten member. That’s not meant as a negative reflection of their academics. They just don’t offer those programs.

        My point being, unless the entire system is revamped, you can’t make assumptions about the fit and finish of Big Ten members based purely upon their athletic performance.

        In theory, anyway.

        1. Chet,
          Normally I wouldn’t make such assumptions either. However, if payment of college athlete becomes a reality, it is a game changer. All we have to do is look at the havoc professional basketball is wreaking upon the college game with just a clause in their CBA for evidence. Start paying college athletes and the logical dominoes will have to fall.

  5. davis, you’re missing the point, just like IU’s Administration has been missing the point for many years.

    In recent times, as documented in numerous publications over the last decade, schools like Alabama and Clemson have seen a large surge in out-of-state student enrollment at their schools. Kids want to go to college and have a memorable experience along with a quality education. Having already been accepted by IU, I was an out-of-state High School senior visiting the IU campus the day Bob Knight’s 1976 team won the NCAA Championship. At the time, the other schools where I had been accepted to were academically rated about the same as IU. Some a bit higher (Wisconsin) and some slightly lower, but the differences were not significant. Being on IU’s campus the night IU won the National Championship made my decision as to where I would go to college very easy. From that night until the day I die, I have been a rabid member of the Hoosier Nation.

    Increasing out-of-state student enrollment produces two benefits for a school. First, it increases revenue since out-of-state tuition costs a lot more (i.e., triple) than in-state tuition. Secondly, with a lot more out-of-state students applying, the school can increase academic standards and upgrade the academic quality of the students who are admitted. More money, better students and a better/more memorable experience for students as a result of a school’s athletic prowess, especially football, the most popular sport in America, can clearly upgrade a public university. Those students become loyal alumni, and those loyal alumni donate money to the University for decades. They buy season tickets, return to campus for athletic events (they actually go into the stadium and watch the games), and they buy school apparel. All of that behavior produces enormous economic benefit for the school and the community where the school is located. Schools like Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma figured this out years ago. But it appears that IU’s top administrators and Broad of Trustees aren’t smart enough to connect those dots.

    It would be one thing if IU’s Football program generated huge excess revenue and all of IU’s other varsity sports were well funded. Then no one would raise an eyebrow about the Athletic Department paying for academic buildings. But to take large sums of money from an already anemic Athletic budget when the two major revenue-producing sports are mired in mediocrity doesn’t seem very smart. It fact, given what other schools around the country have demonstrated, it seems myopic and down right stupid.

    George L Cross, President of the University of Oklahoma from 1943 – 1968 once said, “I would like to build a University of which the football team could be proud.” He was a very smart man and he was on to something.

    1. When I was teaching at UNC they imposed a limit on in state applicants while increasing the number of out of state applicants they would accept.

      Talking about taking a big, ‘ol dump on NC taxpayers.

        1. Yep. That’s the whole point.

          UNC will accept high dollar out of state students but puts a cap on in state (read that as ‘North Carolina taxpayers’) students. The school get the high dollar out of state tuition from students whose parents are not paying North Carolina taxes but limits the lower paying (but tax paying) in state students.

          Nobody gets a tax credit for the money they paid the state in taxes to support the university, though. You pay whether your kid gets to attend or not. So, they take your money but not your kid. Then, they give that spot to someone who pays more.

    2. George L. Cross was about forty years behind the times. Recommended by me on this site several times: “Stagg’s University: The Rise, Decline, and Fall of Big-Time Football at Chicago” by Robin Lester. Synopsis: Use football to take new college in world’s biggest hick town (still is) to the top of academia and then dump it.

      Were IU to bleed its sports programs and raise the quality of the school to UChicago level, I would say that the trustees acted commendably. If they merely improved the quality of IU academics, would you say that the trustees acted inappropriately?

    1. Yes things have changed since the days of DD and really changed since the end of round ball season.

  6. # 6 is a talented DB from Mississippi that is a playmaker on offense and a skilled DB with height.
    He will play DB at IU but I could see him in the return game too.

  7. IU’s academic ratings have not exactly soared to new heights over the last four decades. Like our athletic programs, they appear to be treading water.

    As for increasing out-of-state enrollment, state universities began doing it to offset state budget cuts in higher education and then to to increase their academic profile and national reputation. According to U.S. News, in 2018 only 37% of Alabama’s students were from Alabama, 63% were from out of state. Alabama’s out-of-state tuition and fees for 2015/2016 was $25,950 while in-state students paid $10,170. UNC is limited by a state law that restricts total out-of-state student enrollment to 18%.

    “Successful athletic programs – especially in football and basketball – are powerful boosts to institutional brand awareness and recognition. There are a lot of students – in state and out of state who want to feel part of that success.” Tim Fournier, Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group. Alabama’s average High School GPA for freshman increased from 3.4 to 3.7 since the Tide won four National Football Championships since 2009. And it’s not just Alabama. Many other schools that demonstrate success in football and/or basketball have seen similar increases in out-of-state student enrollment and higher academic qualifications for incoming freshman.

    Maybe IU’s President and Board of Trustees are in denial, are naive or simply have their heads stuck in the sand.

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