SCOTT DOLSON: It’s been a troublesome day. I’m assured in my determination nevertheless it doesn’t make it any simpler. I used to be with Fred Glass from the start after we met with Archie in California. Clearly labored very, very intently with Archie the final 4 years. Bought the utmost respect for Archie. Simply actually developed a really shut relationship with him over time.
Once more, it doesn’t clearly make conditions — conditions like this are by no means simple. However the truth that it’s shut and the respect that I’ve for Archie made it that rather more troublesome.
I met with Archie this morning, and within the last evaluation, it’s a results-oriented enterprise and I actually felt that finally we had not made sufficient progress to proceed this system and underneath Archie’s management. I actually felt like we’d like a brand new voice and a brand new course. I actually wish to thank Archie and Morgan for the dedication to this system, and once more, only a powerful day.
I additionally met with the gamers following my assembly with Archie. I met with them through Zoom. Change is difficult. Uncertainty is difficult. I needed to guarantee them, I needed them to listen to instantly from me, our dedication and my dedication to maximizing their alternative right here inside IU Athletics and IU Basketball; it was actually essential to me. I actually respect their consideration and their participation within the assembly.
I additionally met with Logan Duncomb. I met we and his father through Zoom following the assembly with the gamers, and once more needed him to listen to instantly from me and his father, and simply to be out there to reply any questions that they’d.
I’ll speak just a little in regards to the course of simply to get to this determination. As I discussed earlier, very near this system. I’ve attended — I attempt to attend at the least the final a part of one follow each week, actually since Archie arrived. Went on a number of highway journeys. Simply spent an excessive amount of time across the program and I feel I’ve a superb really feel for this system.
You realize, subsequently, I feel I had a capability to have a fairly good evaluation simply by that participation. As soon as the season ended this previous Thursday night time, I spent an excessive amount of time in a deep evaluation. Talked to a number of those who I belief utterly simply to bounce issues off of, folks inside the program when it comes to possibly former gamers, folks round basketball. And on the finish of the day, ended up with my final conclusion that we wanted a change in management.
I beneficial that change this weekend to President McRobbie and mentioned it with him and I do wish to point out only a particular point out how a lot I respect President McRobbie’s help and the way collaborative he has been, actually, since I took over however simply how supportive that he’s been.
However as part of that suggestion, I additionally beneficial that given the monetary penalties of a call like, this I felt it was essential that we give you an avenue to make sure there are not any monetary penalties because of the choice to both the athletic division or the college. You realize, it’s one thing I actually wish to be clear with on that as a result of it’s actually, actually essential to me for a number of causes.
Previous to my conclusion that we wanted to maneuver ahead in a brand new course, I had zero conversations with any donors about their ideas on the place we’re as a program, any conversations about what I used to be pondering. I didn’t take their temperature in any respect. I felt prefer it was actually essential that I do all my due diligence upfront of any of that. After all, you hear issues on the market, so forth and so forth, however that had zero affect on my suggestion, zero.
Subsequently, once I met with the president and let him know what my suggestion was, we each concluded and he gave me the authority to attempt to search funding to meet my suggestion.
On account of that, I had two separate conferences, a gathering this weekend with an nameless donor who dedicated finally to assist funding the a part of the method when it comes to the buyout in Coach Miller’s contract. After which following that, a subsequent assembly with one other donor who will stay nameless who made a dedication to assist fund the rest of the transition price.
Getting again with President McRobbie, we had a possibility to as a part of my suggestion to then transfer ahead not solely with the advice I made however then with no monetary affect on the division and the college; and as all of you understand, because of COVID, we’ve received challenges there, in order that was an enormous factor.
Once more I simply wish to underscore as a result of it actually, actually essential to me. I’ve grown up within the fund-raising world. I used to be not approached by any donors. It was not a donor-driven determination, as all, zero. It was not an anti-Archie effort, the individuals who got here at me, no. And there was no dialogue of future candidates at these conferences I had.
Additionally, the ultimate determination once I met with the donors was not one hundred pc at that time. So I simply wish to make it possible for was crystal clear and once more, that, was essential to me.
Shifting ahead we’ll begin an instantaneous search to recruit the following coach that we wish to associate with, and for me to reestablish our id and model of IU Basketball, and I look ahead to that course of.
This would be the final time you hear from me. I hope you respect that, till the method is full, till the following time you see me, we’ll be naming a head coach. I simply wish to make certain you’ll be able to respect the sensitivity of the method in going by that.
So with that, these are just a few normal opening feedback, however I’d be joyful to reply any questions that any of you will have.
Q. In case you have a particular determine, I’d adore it. However even when you don’t, simply how financially aggressive, significantly with that donor help, do you are feeling you could be when it comes to simply sort of possibly the place, for the best cab date, Indiana can land within the nationwide firmament of how a lot you’ll be able to compensate your subsequent head coach?
SCOTT DOLSON: There’s not limitless assets for certain. However on the similar time, identical to what you noticed occur this previous weekend, the important thing factor in my thoughts is discovering the best individual after which making sure that if we discover the best individual, that he can come to an settlement that could be a win/win for the each of us.
You realize, I don’t wish to simply assume that it’s an infinite open checkbook, however on the similar time, if we really feel it’s the best individual, we’ll do every thing we are able to to make it occur.
Q. You’re having some audio issues in your finish, simply to make you conscious of that. However what qualities particularly are you in search of within the subsequent individual?
SCOTT DOLSON: You realize, I’m actually in search of somebody that may assist reestablish the id of IU Basketball. It’s actually essential that basically we maximize the chance for our student-athletes. I feel that is actually, actually essential. Simply actually has a imaginative and prescient of IU Basketball. It’s essential for me, rising up in this system as lots of you understand, it’s essential that we construct on our unbelievable basis that has been established right here.
However on the similar time, and it’s one thing I’ve most likely at all times been just a little paranoid about; I wish to make sure that we’ve got a imaginative and prescient for the longer term and our new coach needs to associate with me and the athletic division and has that imaginative and prescient for the longer term, to not reside previously however to construct on it. And that’s one thing that’s actually essential.
Q. While you have a look at IU Basketball, give me your imaginative and prescient. What would you like IU Basketball to be underneath whoever you choose subsequent?
SCOTT DOLSON: It’s what I mentioned earlier. It’s actually essential to me that we’ve got an id, and that gamers across the nation, across the Midwest, round Indiana, that after we have a look at Indiana Basketball they perceive the id they usually wish to be part of it.
I’m an enormous course of individual, and for me, and I’ve talked about this loads, to me it’s actually, actually essential that as we have a look at our recruiting philosophies, as we have a look at our participant growth, as we have a look at our fashion of play, or profitable methods, I name it, our management growth, that we’ve got a imaginative and prescient for all of these.
Once more, construct from the previous but additionally are engaging to future generations of basketball gamers. Recruiting is so essential. I give it some thought loads. I feel all of these areas have been engaging they usually have to offer us an id, and that’s actually, actually essential to me. I feel if we’ve got that, and we actually hone in on that imaginative and prescient for the longer term, I feel then the success of this system, the consistency that all of us need will comply with, however the course of is what will get you there alongside the best way.
Q. Forgive me if I’ve not heard you as a result of you’re going out and in however you’re in now. I’ve received a compound query. So bear with me. Did you say you might have a search committee? You’re hiring one? Paying for one? Did you say that?
SCOTT DOLSON: No, I didn’t.
Q. Did you say you’re not doing — I heard the phrase search something-or-other.
SCOTT DOLSON: Appropriate. At this second, we won’t have a search committee or a search agency.
Q. Given all this, given the best way it’s occurred, we’re all including two and two right here making an attempt to get 4. It looks as if you’ve received any individual, however you’ve received any individual in thoughts. Are you ranging from scratch or do you sort of have already got an thought of the place you’re going? That’s A. After which B, I’m finished, is you’re an IU man. Lots of people need an IU man. How essential is it to you to get an IU man?
SCOTT DOLSON: Yeah, the reply to your first query is, no, it’s not a deal, I don’t have anybody in thoughts. However what I do have a imaginative and prescient for the kind of individual we’re in search of and I’m persevering with to work on that.
I talked about that earlier than, when you can hear me nevertheless it’s actually a mix of somebody who understands and embraces our custom and our historical past, however extra importantly, has a imaginative and prescient for the longer term and believes in all of the issues that we consider in and embraces these, and in order that’s vital.
When it comes to potential candidates, I actually don’t wish to exclude anybody. I wish to make sure it’s an open course of and we consider all of the potential candidates which can be on the market that may be that excellent match.
Q. You speak about not excluding anybody, so I assume is head teaching expertise a prerequisite, or not?
SCOTT DOLSON: No. I wish to make it possible for we don’t exclude — as we consider and once more placing collectively the imaginative and prescient that we’ve got for this system, to mix that with — and I don’t wish to micromanage this system. Don’t get me flawed. I don’t wish to create my imaginative and prescient that then tells the coach what the coach finally must do from a recruiting standpoint.
Overarching, right here is the place we wish our program to move and here’s what’s essential to us, and finally then I wish to make sure that we work with a coach that matches that, and it doesn’t essentially have to suit into somebody who has been a head coach or somebody who has head teaching expertise. That’s not a prerequisite.
Q. You talked about fashion of play. Is there something that you just’re in search of particularly inside that fashion of play with reference to possibly one thing that’s just a little extra offensive or visually interesting?
SCOTT DOLSON: What’s essential to us is that it’s a mode of play that recruits wish to play in and that recruits see that they will see themselves in, however then additionally is basically on the chopping fringe of the place is basketball going, the place is school basketball going, and as you’ll be able to see, basketball is completely different than it was three years in the past, 4 years in the past, six years in the past when it comes to the way it matches into the NBA and transferring on and enjoying professionally. I feel we’ve got to mix all of that collectively to have a lovely fashion of play, that clearly can win constantly, however that gamers wish to play in and see themselves in.
Taking part in within the Large Ten Convention is large, you’ll be able to see with the nice league we had this yr. You sort of need all of it. You wish to mix the flexibility to reach our convention, the flexibility to have a mode of play the gamers wish to play in, the recruits wish to play in, and that finally prepares them for the following stage, as effectively.
Q. I feel it was while you have been launched as athletic director, you talked about Archie, liking him as a result of he had a plan; there was a plan and it was going to go in a sure course. I suppose what’s modified within the years, since, or was it simply the outcomes on the court docket or was it speaking to former gamers and getting that perception? What sort of satisfied you that the plan wasn’t moving into the best course?
SCOTT DOLSON: You realize, it’s a results-oriented enterprise and finally the outcomes are what they’re. And it is likely one of the issues that attracted us to Archie and nonetheless commend him for. I feel Archie has a plan, however sadly the outcomes weren’t on the stage that I felt on the finish of the day was in our greatest pursuits to maneuver ahead.
However I feel consistency is a phrase that’s actually essential to me. I most likely overuse it nevertheless it’s simply essential in every thing we do and it’s constructing that id. It’s constructing that potential to say Indiana Basketball and other people know who we’re, what we stand for from a recruiting standpoint. I wish to be part of that system, and I feel that to me is simply one thing that’s actually, actually essential for a coach to come back right here and actually set up and so that folks perceive what it means to be part of our program.
However once more, I completely embrace and love, and was part of our historical past and custom. It’s an unbelievable basis to construct on, however I feel that the important thing factor is that we construct on that to have a imaginative and prescient for the longer term and the place is school basketball going and what’s that plan and that potential to recruit, to develop our gamers, to make sure we’ve got that fashion of play and we’re growing leaders that may result in constant success down the highway throughout the board, together with profitable, which I feel is essential to state for all of our sports activities.
Successful is a key a part of the student-athlete expertise. You realize, I wish to win for the varsity. I wish to win for everyone as a result of it’s nice to win and so many nice issues that occur. However our most essential factor is the student-athlete expertise at Indiana.
And when you return to all of our exit interviews from all of our sports activities, student-athletes who’ve had a profitable expertise, it simply provides — is a multiplier to their expertise right here and that’s actually, actually essential to me that we put our student-athletes able for achievement.
Q. Curious while you talked about the branding facet of it, how of that’s how this system is introduced not solely on the court docket however off the court docket, do you suppose there’s something that must be modified when it comes to that? As a result of one factor I’ve heard over time, it appears to be possibly a disconnect when it comes to this system connecting with the followers. Is that one thing that you just see that must be improved? Additionally half two is there are going to be individuals who will say Indiana Basketball hasn’t been to a Closing 4 in 19 years; it’s been since 1987 since a Nationwide Championship. Why do you suppose this system can get again to these requirements? Is it simply since you’ve been part of that and lived it, or do you suppose it’s primarily based on the assets that you just guys are keen to commit to try this?
SCOTT DOLSON: Yeah, I suppose your first query I might say that it’s undoubtedly a collaborative effort. I’m not a believer that we simply rent a head coach, hand the pinnacle coach the keys to this system and say go make it occur. I consider that it’s a unified effort.
So to your level a few complete analysis of what we have to do sooner or later, it’s clearly past that and it’s making a — the best way I might describe it’s an analogy. Once we renovated Meeting Corridor and made it Simon Scott Meeting Corridor, Meeting Corridor was an iconic constructing, and it nonetheless is, nevertheless it wanted a capability to maneuver ahead into the longer term.
So what we have been in a position to do is make sure that it nonetheless feels the identical, you see the custom while you’re there however we remodeled it right into a facility that may deal with the wants of the fashionable day fan and transferring ahead into the longer term.
Nicely, I feel our basketball program, that’s an analogy for we’ve received an unbelievable custom, unbelievable. Love our custom. Pleased with our custom. We embrace it. We have fun it. However on the similar time, we have to take that custom and make sure we all know what’s the modern-day custom appear to be. How will we construct on that?
And that does transcend simply what I discussed from a head coach what can we do as a division. There are issues that I’ve discovered over time and that I wish to make sure that our division assets, we’ve got extremely proficient folks within the division which can be actually enthusiastic about our Cuban Middle and our imaginative and prescient for title picture and likeness, our imaginative and prescient for social media and all of our branding. I feel we are able to make the most of that to assist a head coach past, once more, simply giving him the important thing to this system and having them run on with it.
Sorry I went on with that so lengthy. What was the second a part of your query.
Q. Simply there’s going to be people who find themselves going to say Indiana hasn’t gone to a Closing 4 in so lengthy; haven’t gained a championship since ’87. Why do you are feeling like it may possibly get again to that stage because it’s been so lengthy because it’s been there?
SCOTT DOLSON: I feel that we’ve got an unbelievable alternative, I actually do, and that’s not simply the corporate line, me saying that as a result of it’s my job.
I feel, once more, given the truth that the custom that we do have, I feel the investments we’ve made in this system, I feel the place we’re as a division, I feel that this is a chance for somebody to come back in and actually have some wind behind their again to actually create that consistency.
Once more I’m huge into the method, all these issues alongside the best way, together with begin from me and the remainder of our employees, to offer the help, to have the imaginative and prescient for what ought to Indiana basketball be like transferring ahead and if we do all these issues, I consider that the profitable, competing on the highest ranges within the Large Ten and having the chance to compete on the NCAA stage comes together with that. It’s a complete effort.
Q. I needed to ask about Archie’s response to your assembly. Was it one in all shock? Had you talked to him within the days following the Rutgers loss, and what was his normal emotions while you talked to him about this determination?
SCOTT DOLSON: You realize, I’d relatively maintain that between he and I. However I do wish to reiterate simply what an absolute unbelievable alternative that I needed to work with him, and I discovered from working with him and simply what the — the best way he approached issues; he, from me — I’ve not labored with a coach that has been extra collaborative with me and extra open with me.
And actually, when you ask my spouse, in speaking to her, she would inform you what number of instances I mentioned that I simply by no means labored with a coach I’ve loved working with as a lot as Archie, and I imply that in a number of methods. Once more, which makes a day like this difficult.
However on the similar time, you understand, my job is to make the choices I really feel are finest for this system transferring ahead and I’m assured in that call. It simply doesn’t make it any — any simpler when you might have a lot respect for the person who you’re affecting with that call.
Q. You talked about earlier wanting a mode of play extra on the innovative. To nail that down, is it essential to you that this staff be capable of rating greater than it has? Be capable to shoot higher than it has? Is it significantly essential that this staff has extra of an offensive id than it has lately?
SCOTT DOLSON: You realize, what’s essential to me is that I can work intently with the pinnacle coach to offer the pinnacle coach the assets that they will put collectively a employees to finally have a mode of play that matches the recruiting philosophy.
All of it sort of works hand-in-hand with our participant growth, and finally results in the success and the constant success we wish on the court docket.
So I’m actually not — once more I don’t wish to micromanage this system and say it’s essential to me we’ve got this fashion of play of favor or that sort. However I’d relatively meet with the pinnacle coach after which finally if the pinnacle coach that we resolve on, actually have him share that imaginative and prescient with me that I really feel, given all of the priorities we’ve got in our program; that we really feel we are able to have the constant success we wish and that it matches in with the general imaginative and prescient that I’ve when it comes to our id for our program; issues which can be essential to us, I hope and finally will make sure are essential to him, as effectively.
Q. Is there any kind of communication plan in place with reference to conserving the present place on the roster knowledgeable as to what’s happening? Have you ever had any dialog with them? And secondly, is there something that you just don’t have out there to you that stops Indiana from succeeding in any approach from a program standpoint that you just suppose it’s essential change, or no?
SCOTT DOLSON: Sure, initially, the transition plan we’ve got, we put in a transition staff, and it began with the assembly as we speak with the gamers. Lorian Worth, who’s a key member of my senior administrative staff, she’s our senior affiliate athletic director over lecturers, has labored intently with basketball and does an incredible job, she’s heading up the transition staff. I knowledgeable the staff of that as we speak.
After which she’ll be working with — there are 4 members of the employees that may work intently which can be staying on, at the least on an interim foundation to assist with the transition and that may very well be assistant coach Mike Roberts, assistant coach Kenya Hunter, administrator Ben Sander mand then energy coach Cliff Marshall. So they’ll work intently, additionally, with just a few different members of our division, Mattie White, she’s our deputy athletic director who’s over Excellence Academy.
It was actually vital and it was a part of the assembly as we speak that I needed our gamers to really feel utterly supported, to make sure that they make all the best choices transferring ahead when it comes to making sure to maintain what they should maintain, and I’m assured with the transition plan we’ve got in place, that they perceive that that’s such a precedence for us. In order that’s the transition staff.
When it comes to is there something we don’t have proper now that we’d like, I really feel like we’re able that with the investments we’ve made, that we’ve received a very distinctive alternative for somebody to come back in and actually, once more, have some wind behind their again. We’ve received elite amenities. We have now elite-level fan help. We’ve received elite custom and I feel it’s actually an incredible alternative to actually take this program to the extent that all of us wish to.