IU Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan announced June 26 that he would resign at the end of the calendar year. Though Greenspan accomplished several goals as athletic director, which include improving athletic facilities and eliminating much of IU Athletics’ debt, his tenure has been overshadowed by the hiring of and subsequent NCAA violations committed by former men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. With the immediate future of the basketball program in doubt, who will take over for Greenspan? Here are four possible candidates.
Scott Dolson – IU Varsity Club Director/Associate Athletic Director \nDolson is in his fourth year as IU Varsity Club director, but the Hoosier native has been a part of the Varsity Club since 1989. In his current role, Dolson deals closely with donors and fundraising efforts. Dolson served as a manager for the men’s basketball team during his undergraduate career at IU.
Chris Reynolds – IU Senior Associate Athletic Director\nA co-captain of the 1992-1993 Big Ten championship men’s basketball team, Reynolds is in his third year with the IU Athletic Department. The former Hoosier guard served as an assistant athletic director at Western Michigan and assistant athletic director for enforcement at Notre Dame before returning to Bloomington.
\nDan Dakich – Former Interim and Assistant Basketball Coach\nMany fans agreed with Dakich’s desire for a complete shake-up of the men’s basketball program after the team’s loss to Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament this season. A former Hoosier player and assistant coach under Bob Knight, Dakich served as interim basketball coach during the 2008 season after Sampson resigned. Other than his time with the basketball team, Dakich has no experience as an athletic administrator.
Brad Bates – Miami (Ohio) Director of Athletics\nIU has a history of former RedHawks taking positions within the athletic department. Former Hoosier football coaches John Pont, Bill Mallory and Terry Hoeppner as well as current baseball coach Tracy Smith coached at Miami before coming to Bloomington. Under Bates, Miami has seen increased academic performance from athletes, with the school finishing toward the top of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate reports each year he has served in his current position.