Fred Glass

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George Frederick Glass (born 1959) is an American lawyer and university administrator who is the current athletic director at Indiana University.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Indianapolis, Glass earned his undergraduate degree in 1981 at Indiana University Bloomington and his law degree in 1984 from the Indiana University School of Law.[1][2]

Political and legal career[edit]

From 1989 to 1993, Glass was chief of staff to the Indiana Governor Evan Bayh.[3] Glass then became a business and corporate attorney at Baker & Daniels in 1993. Additionally, Glass was president of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board, which owns and operates venues like the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, from 2000 to 2007 and later was president of the Indianapolis 2011 Super Bowl Bid Committee. Glass has also sat on Indianapolis organizing committees for NCAA and Big Ten basketball tournaments.[4]

Athletic administration career[edit]

On October 28, 2008, Indiana University Bloomington president Michael McRobbie hired Glass as vice president and director of athletics, following the resignation of Rick Greenspan.[3]

Glass fired football coach Bill Lynch, hired by Greenspan four years earlier, after the 2010 season after three straight losing seasons.[5] With a seven-year, $1.2 million annually contract, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson eventually became his pick as new football head coach.[6] Under Wilson, Indiana football improved from a one-win 2011 season to a bowl bid in 2015, the first since 2007. Glass signed Wilson to a new five-year contract with $2.55 million per year in January 2016.[7] However, Wilson resigned on December 1, 2016, citing "philosophical differences" with Glass, who promoted defensive coordinator Tom Allen to head coach.[8]

On November 10, 2012, opening night of the basketball season, Glass announced before a sold-out crowd before opening tip-off that he signed men's basketball head coach Tom Crean to a contract extension through the 2019–2020 season and increased Crean's annual salary from $2.52 million to $3.16 million.[9]

In October 2016, Glass announced that he decided against hanging banners to honor the 1982–83 and 2012–13 Indiana men's basketball teams that won Big Ten regular season titles. Glass explained: "...all 22 teams have special stories, and I think it’s inherently un-Indiana basketball-like to pluck out two, no matter how deserving they are."[10]


  1. ^ "Fred Glass, Vice President and Director of Athletics". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Alumni Spotlights: Fred Glass, J.D., '84". Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Fred Glass Chosen to Head Department of Athletics". Indiana University Bloomington. October 28, 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Attorney named IU athletic director". Indiana Lawyer. October 28, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Hutchens, Terry (November 29, 2010). "IU fires Lynch after 4 mostly unsuccessful seasons". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Hutchens, Terry (December 7, 2010). "Kevin Wilson officially introduced as IU football coach". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on December 10, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Osterman, Zach (January 11, 2016). "Kevin Wilson's new 6-year IU deal nearly doubles pay". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Osterman, Zach (December 1, 2016). "Kevin Wilson resigns; Tom Allen named new IU head coach". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  9. ^ Marot, Michael (November 10, 2012). "Indiana signs Crean to contract extension". Associated Press. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Glass: My call to remove '83, '13 Big Ten banners". Indianapolis Star. October 21, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.