My Iowa-Indiana rescheduling suggestion

Iowa, Indiana and Big Ten have a quandary

Mike Hlas
Published: February 18 2014 | 4:21 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:50 am in
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The postponed Iowa-Indiana men's basketball game doesn't have a makeup date. My solution is this:

Play the game in Iowa City. I don't care when. But it's easier on my travel schedule than a trip to Bloomington. Or Indianapolis. Or Terre Haute.

OK, that's settled. Except for the part about me having no say in the matter. The Big Ten never consults me about anything. Maybe because I'm more interested in my own comfort than the conference's.

"From our vantage point," Iowa associate sports communications director Matt Weitzel told ESPN.com,  "we don't have any more open dates."

Jiminy! So no makeup game?

The Hawkeyes host Wisconsin Saturday morning, are at Minnesota next Tuesday, at home against Purdue March 1, are at Michigan State March 6, and are at home against Illinois March 8.

It seems like there are a lot of open dates in there, but this may be a game of hardball. We came to your place, you couldn't host a game, so you come to our place or forfeit. That's not going to be the way it works, of course. The Big Ten would never go for it, and the other teams vying for the league-title wouldn't be too keen on Iowa getting a 10th conference home game.

Indiana, like everyone else in big-time college sports, will do anything in its power to avoid relinquishing any home games or home gates. Just losing one home date means a lot of money in a lot of ways.

Of course, you can't have games in arenas with metal beams falling from the roof. Indianapolis does have a perfectly good arena downtown called Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It is the home of the Indiana Pacers and this year's Big Ten basketball tournaments.

Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, told the Indianapolis Star this: "We did offer Bankers Life to hold the games (men's and women's, on Wednesday) night but understand that Iowa may be on the way out of town."

It was.

Iowa, like any team that's one game out of first place in its league's standings, won't want to jam up a schedule with three games in a 5-day period or something of the sort. Nor will it be especially fond of the prospect of spending even more time on the road. It's true that no makeup date would be ideal.

Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta put out this statement:

"Obviously, we are disappointed tonight’s game had to be cancelled. Fran and his team are in contention for a Big Ten title and were looking forward to the opportunity to getting back on the court. The most important part of this equation is safety. We are in full support of Indiana's decision to postpone the game based on the issues with Assembly Hall. Coach McCaffery and his team are returning from Indiana tonight. We are working with Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass and the Big Ten Conference to determine when and, possibly, where to play the game."

When and possibly, where to play the game.

Did Barta mean Bloomington or Indianapolis, or did he mean Indiana or Iowa?

I'm thinking Bloomington or Indianapolis. Gotta be. Right?

 

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