Gonso to Head IU Basketball Search Committee

Bloomington, Ind. - IU President Michael McRobbie announced that Harry Gonso (pictured) will head a 10-person search committee for IU's next basketball coach...

Bloomington, Ind. – Let the search for a new IU basketball coach begin.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced the appointment of a 10-member committee that will be entrusted with conducting a nationwide search for IU's new basketball coach.

The committee will be chaired by Indianapolis attorney Harry Gonso, a former IU trustee who was also the quarterback on IU's 1968 Rose Bowl team.

"Harry Gonso is the idea person to lead a search of this importance," McRobbie said. "Harry has a deep appreciation for both our academic and our athletic traditions. He is well aware of the high expectations our fans and alumni have for our men's basketball program. Harry shares my determination to find a coach who will lead our men's basketball program in a manner that reflects Indiana University's tradition and values."

While the committee includes representatives from a wide array of backgrounds, it's surprisingly devoid of much representation from anyone with direct ties to the IU basketball program. Wayne Radford is the only former IU basketball player or coach who is on the panel.

The only members of IU's current athletics administration who are on the committee are former IU soccer coach Jerry Yeagley, Athletic Director Rick Greenspan and Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Grace Calhoun. Both Greenspan and Calhoun drew a degree of criticism since news first surfaced in October of recruiting improprieties committed by Kelvin Sampson's staff. Those issues eventually resulted in Sampson accepting a $750,000 buyout to resign last month.

Greenspan, meanwhile, doesn't appear to have the same sort of decision-making power that he's wielded in the past when hiring high-profile coaches. While he has been aided in past search processes for IU football and men's basketball coaches, it has appeared to ultimately be up to him to make a final recommendation to the president.

This time around, that power appears to be with this 10-person committee.

"The advice and counsel of this committee will be critical as we seek to make a best choice possible for Indiana University and our fans," Greenspan said. "I greatly appreciate the willingness of Harry and the other distinguished members of the search committee to give their time and energy to this important task."

The members of the search committee include:

- Rick Greenspan, athletics director

- Ken Beckley, former president of the IU Alumni Association

- Grace Calhoun, associate athletics director for compliance and academic services and senior woman administrator

- Bruce Jaffee, professor of business economics and public policy and faculty representative on the Athletics Committee

- Wayne Radford, former IU basketball player and most valuable player of the 1978 Hoosiers

- Jennifer Sinclair, president and chairwoman of the IU Varsity Club National Board of Directors

- Bill Stephan, IU vice president for engagement

- James Wimbush, dean of the University Graduate School, professor of business administration and chair of the University Athletics Committee

- Jerry Yeagley, former IU head men's soccer coach and member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Hall of Fame

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