Alumnus Glass hired to replace Greenspan as Indiana AD

Updated: October 28, 2008, 1:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Indiana has turned to a familiar face to be its new athletic director.

Fred Glass, an Indiana graduate, Indianapolis attorney and civic leader, was named Tuesday as the replacement to Rick Greenspan.

Greenspan announced his resignation in June but was to stay on until Dec. 31. Glass will officially move into the role on Jan. 2.

"In our discussions, I was greatly impressed that Fred not only understood the challenges before our intercollegiate athletics program but also the importance of IU athletics being an integral part of the life of the entire university," Indiana president Michael McRobbie said in a statement. "He knows firsthand of the greatness of this institution, its students, faculty, and staff -- and he fully embraces our aspirations for excellence."

Glass has been involved in many Indiana sporting ventures, including the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium and trying to secure a Super Bowl for Indianapolis. He was the chief of staff for former Indiana governor Evan Bayh.

Indiana has lost three scholarships and is still waiting to find out if the NCAA will impose further sanctions in the wake of former coach Kelvin Sampson's phone-call scandal.