John Calipari may have inadvertently done the University of Louisville a favor with his bungling of the Kentucky-Indiana basketball series.

The cancellation could open the door to a renewal of relations between UofL and IU, two schools separated by only 85 miles. While they’re talking, why not go ahead and include football in the discussions?

Indiana owns 10-6 advantage in basketball, the most recent game being played at Bloomington in 2003. IU has won the only two football games between the schools during the 1985 and 1986 seasons.

There’s no good reason they’re not competing again each other already. Plenty of motivation for both schools now.

U of L would get a Big Ten opponent on the schedule. IU would get back at UK by scheduling its most bitter rival while substituting one quality opponent for another.

That could also spell the end of the U of L-UK rivalry for a while but that might not be such a bad thing.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “When one door closes …

  • May 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    We may end up with a B-ball series with IU but I will win the lottery multiple times before they will schedule us in football.

    Check their out of league schedule which is managed by Betty Crocker. They know they will never win enough Big 10 games to be bowl eligible. The last time they won TWO conference games was 2008.

  • May 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    You’re probably right, cbcard. It’s a shame a football relationship was never developed. If U of L gets in the Big 12, it may not matter anymore with either IU or UK. The schedules will be loaded with quality teams.

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