I don’t think I’m the only one who would love to see an annual series between Louisville & Indiana in both basketball and football. Considering the schools are only a little over 100 miles apart and both would benefit from adding one another their schedule, it just makes sense.
Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville have been attempting to add the Hoosiers to their schedule for quite some time, particularly in basketball. Rick Pitino spoke with IU head coach Tom Crean during the offseason last year and attempted to get something setup. Indiana and Louisville were preseason No. 1 and No. 2 in the polls. Pitino even offered to travel to Bloomington for the first game last year, but unfortunately Crean didn’t have any interest in playing Louisville.
Crean was at the Hubers Farm on Wednesday evening speaking to IU fans in the area. When asked by the media about potentially adding Louisville to the schedule, Crean didn’t imply that it was a done deal, but he appears to be coming around to the idea.
“Yeah, I think so, absolutely,” Crean said when asked about potentially playing Louisville. “The Jimmy V Classic is something that’s a potential for down the road.”
“I think right now with anything home-and-home, all of that stuff is on hold as we wait to see what our league decides to do and if there’s some other opportunities that could come up,” Crean said. “The last thing we can do right now is get into too many road game situations where all of the sudden we’d be home games short because something hadn’t come to reality yet or something hadn’t been acted upon yet that could come up.”
“But the Jimmy V is definitely something that we’re looking forward to in due time with them and hopefully something else. But it’s too early to tell past that.”
Louisville and Indiana had a two-year series, which ended in 2003 and haven’t played each other since. I have no inside source with this situation, but I’d say the ball is in your court, Tommy.[H/T InsideTheHall.com]