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The latest on the Kentucky-Indiana rivalry

May 30, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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If you thought the saga of the “Lost Rivalry” ended last month when Kentucky officially declined Indiana’s invitation to play games on campus, you were wrong.

According to Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Herald Times, who obtained letters sent between Indiana athletic director Fred Glass and Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart, Indiana reopened negotiations with Kentucky on May 10th.

The offer?

Two games in Lucas Oil Stadium, followed by a game at Rupp and THEN a game at Assembly Hall. In 2015-2016:

In the letter, Glass detailed all of the negotiations in the attempt to revive the series since it was publicly declared dead on May 3. Glass said that Indiana had indicated that it would be willing to play at Lucas Oil Stadium in December of 2012 and 2013, “persistent with Coach (John) Calipari’s previous offer to do so.” The series would then be moved to Rupp Arena for the 2014 game and Assembly Hall for the 2015 game. Glass said that was acceptable to Indiana because it would allow the freshman class that arrives next year to see at least one game on campus in their four-year careers.

My first reaction to the news: why are they trying to work this out by sending letters? Is it 1954 again?

My second reaction: this surprises you? UK wasn’t playing this series unless it was going to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium annually. And since Coach Cal knew that Indiana wasn’t going to agree to that, it’s not difficult to deduce that he simply had no interest in continuing the rivalry. He’s the head coach at Kentucky. It is his job to run that program as he sees fit, and as I’ve written about 10,000 times by now, there is actual, legitimate justification to his thought process.

It sucks, don’t get me wrong.

If I had my druthers, this game would get played on campus every single season because we all saw just how awesome the game was last season. With Kentucky and Indiana looking like the nation’s two best teams, it can only get more awesome. I’m a college basketball fan first and foremost, and as a fan, it sucks that we won’t be able to see this game.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. xli2006 - May 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Really UK, really?

    If there was any doubt before who is to blame for this series coming to an end, that has been put to rest.

    Calipari and the UK AD need to have at least some willingness to reach a middle ground.

    These games should be played in Rupp and Assembly, period. Who besides Calipari and a few UK officials think neutral sites offer a better environment? Lame.

    College Basketball will be better off when Calipari is out of it. Maybe then the series will continue on.

  2. imforbigblue - May 31, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    The funny thing is IU fan your team needs UK more than UK needs IU. We already replaced you with better teams like Baylor and UNC so talk all the crap you want because UK doesn’t give a crap about you

  3. hoosiercolts - May 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    See that whole “you need us more than we need you” talk is a bunch of Bull!! We don’t need your sister bangin’, Indian corn teeth havin’ asses. We’ll still be the No. 1 team going into next season. We’ll still go to the dance and we’ll still be the favorites to win it all. With or without you Hillbillys. If pUKe doesn’t want to get beat at home, that’s fine. We’ll see you in the tournament.

    • csdanvilleman - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Listen douchebag,IF your fans weren’t such punks and had a little decency as to how to treat people then maybe people would play in Bloomington.

  4. imforbigblue - May 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    LMFAO you IU fans kill me. You have UKs bitch for years and years so don’t come on here talking like your hot shit. Soon do you forget the ass whooping in the turny this year as we won #8 a championship do you even remember what those are?? You might start out as #1 but UK will be #2 or #3 and we will have a very good team. You don’t see our AD begging your team to play because guess what UK doesn’t care!

    • csdanvilleman - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      NICE!!!!!!!!!!! I agree 110%,GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. imforbigblue - May 31, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    By the way go look at your trophy case this and go look at the jersey of the guy who hit the last sec game winning shot and his picture and will look at our championship trophy and banner hanging in rupp. Next time you wanna talk smack trying winning something first

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