U of L says the report of a Louisville-Indiana basketball game in 2014 is premature.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A spokesperson for the University of Louisville basketball program says that a newspaper report that Indiana and Louisville have signed a contract to play in the 2014 Jimmy V Classic is premature.
"We have had discussions about playing in that event but do not have an agreement," said U of L senior associate athletic director Kenny Klein. "That's premature."
U of L coach Rick Pitino has discussed scheduling a game with the Hoosiers and coach Tom Crean for several years, but the Cardinals and Hoosiers have not played since February 2003.
After filing an open records request, The Indianapolis Star reported on Wednesday evening that Indiana has signed a contract to play Louisville at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 9, 2014.
The story says that IU athletic director Fred Glass signed the contract April 10, and that the Hoosiers will earn $200,000 for playing in the game.
ESPN has been interested in scheduling a Louisville-Indiana game, especially after the Kentucky-Indiana series ended after the game played in Bloomington in December 2011. There have been discussions about a three-game series – with one game in New York, another at the KFC Yum! Center and a third at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
"To say that we have a deal to play that game is premature," Klein said.
IU media relations director J.D. Campbell told the newspaper that the Hoosiers have agreed to play in the Jimmy V Classic but the decision on the match-up would be made by ESPN.