Jan. 15, 2008
Regarding the 2008 IHSAA 4A Boy's Basketball Regional...
Despite what has been written in the Star and elsewhere, the reason the high school class 4A regional won't be played at Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse this year is simply due to a scheduling conflict.
The IHSAA wanted to play in Hinkle on March 8. On that date, we already have three games scheduled - our women's basketball team's final regular-season game (at 2 p.m.) and the Horizon League men's tournament semi-finals (at 4:30 and 7 p.m.). The Horizon League tournament games are scheduled to be shown on ESPNU, so those times are locked in.
The IHSAA asked to play at 9:30 and 11 a.m., or thereabouts, and a championship game that night, all on a high-school length court. This would require us to squeeze in six games that day, paint the floor twice, mop it once and have it dry three times.
It simply could not be done.
When we met with the IHSAA this summer, we suggested a switch - play the regional March 8 in Southport and the semi-state, which is scheduled to be played in Southport, at Hinkle the following weekend. The IHSAA declined.
Let me state it as plainly as I can: We want the high school tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse. In fact, in a perfect world, we would like the state championship game to be played here again.
The Indiana High School tournament and Hinkle Fieldhouse have a relationship that reaches back more than 60 years. We want it to continue. In the future, I hope we can work out the accommodations.
But be assured: The one and only reason the tournament will not be at Hinkle this year is because of scheduling.
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