After two nights of intense negotiations between Iowa and Indiana, a Black Heart Gold Pants commenter known as "BoilerHawk" was brought aboard to help bring the the issue. Sources have said that Indiana identified February 27th as the ideal reschedule date early in the process.
"[Indiana Coach Tom] Crean was adamant that the game was not played on Wednesday, citing that his team was not doing very well and the extra time would allow him to rally his group," one source said.
Another source added, "[Indiana Athletic Director] Frank Glass was open to the option of playing in Indianapolis, as were players on both squads. Crean was just not having it."
The talks reached a tentative date agreement before stalling late last night after this news came to light. Iowa did not release a comment on the state of office furniture, when requested. It was then that BoilerHawk was called to .
"My main concern was to get both [Iowa AD] Gary Barta and Coach McCaffery to calm down after it was reported that Indiana had not been forthright in their initial talks," BoilerHawk tells BHGP. "Once I achieved that, I set in motion a plan to sure up additional changes to make the 2/27 date work. This included calling my alma mater [Purdue] to solidify the date change between them and Iowa. It was easy to see they wanted to see an Iowa victory over Indiana as soon as possible.
"I know that we [Hawkeyes] have always been at war with Purdue, but my time on the enemy side allowed me to recognize that Purdue has always always been at war with Indiana."
"BoilerHawk was instrumental in setting things up with Purdue," Barta said. "Their only request was that they independently inspect the Assembly Hall rafters. After nailing that down, we were able to finalize the agreement with Indiana."
"It's a great day for our program," Coach McCaffery added. "We're very pleased that we'll maintain the late primetime spot on ESPN. I'm not sure what other games had to be moved, but we appreciate that ESPN made accommodations for us."
Additional scheduling changes include moving UCLA vs. Oregon to ESPN2.
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