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Statement from Mitch Barnhart on the IU men's basketball series...

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I was contacted by Fred Glass, Indiana AD, on May 10 via telephone about the mutual interest of continuing the series, starting this fall. He mentioned the possibility of a four-year series with the first two years in Indianapolis before playing in Lexington in 2014-15 and Bloomington in 2015-16. I informed Fred that we were disappointed that our previous verbal agreement for a two-year neutral site contract was off the table, but we would consider the new proposal. I also noted there were some challenges in our current schedule that were not present prior to Indiana's announcement on May 3 that they were moving on with their schedule for 2012-13.

After May 3, we finalized a home-neutral series with Baylor for the next two seasons that included our women's teams in a doubleheader in Dallas and restarted our home-and-home series with North Carolina beginning on the road in 2013-14. Those two additions to our schedule were made prior to hearing from Indiana on May 10.

During the process, DeWayne Peevy and I conducted a conference call with Fred Glass on May 21 along with Indiana scheduling contacts Chris Reynolds and Jayd Grossman to further discuss continuing the series. We offered the possibility of playing in Indianapolis on December 15 or 22 this season and possibly playing as part of a multi-team event in Indianapolis again in December 2013 while continuing discussions about a future home-and-home series.

On May 24, DeWayne Peevy expressed to Jayd Grossman our concerns about buying out either Portland or Samford and signing a four-year agreement. Jayd responded that he would talk with Fred about our concerns and also get back to DeWayne about Indiana's availability on December 22. However, we did not receive a response until Fred Glass' letter dated May 25 arrived this afternoon.

We currently do not have any agreements with more than two years remaining and would like to maintain the current flexibility of our future scheduling. If we entered into a four-year deal with Indiana, including the last two years at campus sites, not only would that alter our flexibility but it would also mean that we would have to end our home-and-home series with Louisville in order to keep our non-conference road schedule balanced. We are not interested in doing that.

We also finalized dates with both Samford and Portland that affected Indiana's desire to play on December 5 or 8 this season. We did not feel that it was fair to Samford or Portland to pull out of a contracted game at this point in the scheduling process.

We have held the last two games on our current schedule while continuing discussions with Indiana about playing this fall. December 15 and 22 are still options for the upcoming season and Lucas Oil Stadium is available for both dates. In the best interest of our fans, I would hope we can come to a conclusion to continue this storied series this December.

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This seems to read that UK will still play Indiana on two different dates this season... at Lucas Oil. Ball is in Indiana's court.

Dear sirs;i thought about this for a long time,at first i was not intrested in it but after much deep thought,i think that we should continue the games for the good of the fans and schools.sooo guys please get together and work this out.thank you...........jc twitty

I have grown up watching the UK/IU series. But nothing compares to seeing it as a student on your home court. I think the neutral court deal is ridiculous because as a student I couldn't afford to watch the series somewhere else. I feel that UK students would probably agree. I think UK needs to consider this a little more seriously. College basketball should be about the students, not the money.

Indiana has already agreed to LOS for the next two years. Ball is in UK's court. Not wanting to commit to play us in 2014 and 15 is silly. Either you want to continue the series or you don't.

Seems to me Coach Cal and Tom Crean are good friends except when it comes to this. I want to see the series continue. Compromise guys.

I am an IU fan and graduate. It's sad to me that both schools seem to be drawing a line in the sand and not working this out for the benefit of both programs and their fans. In the end it probably somehow boils down to money, and one would think that both programs generate enough of that to work this issue out! Has than been any better non-conference rivalry in the history of college basketball?

Multiple compromises from IU to give in to UK's demands and they still rejected. Now they are just coming up with as many excuses as possible not to play them. They're still mad that IU broke their perfect season, so they are just going to try to take the easy route and find a schedule that will give them a better possibility for that perfect season. 3 years ago, they would have JUMPED at IU's proposal.

I for one am very put off by Glass' decision to play this out in the national media. This equates to dirty pool. You won't see stunts like this by schools like Duke, UNC, UK and other top tier programs. As a result of this and the actions of that fan base in recent months, I say drop 'em like a rock. We certainly do not need them and I believe games against UNC and Duke would be much more exciting and entertaining. IU is yesterday's news trying to recreate themselves. As Coach Cal said, move on!

More entertaining than playing the top ranked team going into the coming season? Sure, that ranking could change by then, but IU is guaranteed to be a powerhouse this season, and for another top basketball program to avoid playing them only shows fear. With the historic rivalry these two teams have, other top tier teams won't be any more exciting or entertaining...

Really, #1 not bunch of 18-22 year old studs are afraid to play each other, #2 coach Cal certainly isn't afraid of IU, no one is #3 it boilds down to money and IU not UK are being very greedy, 2 basically home IU games in a row, really, that tells me that the Hoosiers actually want to sell out 2 games over the next couple of years.

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