Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Shattering Glass Ceilings
When I used to work for the Illinois legislature, we had an old saying in state government: "F _ _ _ up and move up." Proving the truth of that old adage, IU officials have announced they are naming Fred Glass as the school's next athletic director. Glass, an attorney by trade, is the genius who negotiated the most one-sided stadium deal in NFL history between the City of Indianapolis and Colts owner Jim Irsay. The deal gave away so much to Irsay that the Capital Improvement Board is now confronting a $20 million a year shortfall in operating capital to maintain and operate a stadium the Colts get to use rent-free. I had the same reaction to Glass' hiring as I did when the NCAA announced it was hiring former IU President Myles Brand to head up the organization. After all, he did such an adept job in handling the firing of former IU basketball coach Bobby Knight. Right?