Report: IU's six-figure preseason trip to Bahamas funded by donors
Indiana basketball’s trip to the Bahamas in August reportedly ran up a six-figure price tag. Fortunately, that trip was funded by donors, according to the IndyStar.
According to Zach Osterman’s report, the trip for the Hoosiers cost in excess of $360,000:
“Included in that total were a variety of costs, from meals, to charter air travel and additional transportation while on the island, money to pay for officials to travel to and work the games, and a $180,000 fee to a third-party company for arranging key aspects of the trip.”
New Indiana coach Mike Woodson previously spoke highly of what the trip did in terms of team chemistry:
“That trip was great for me because it allowed me to put some things in on both sides of the ball and it allowed our guys to go to the Bahamas and bond,” Woodson said during B1G Media Days.
This was Indiana’s first trip abroad since going to Montreal in 2014 under former coach Tom Crean.
Indiana posted a 12-15 record last season in the final campaign for former coach Archie Miller. It was Indiana’s first losing season since 2010-11.
The 63-year-old Woodson is an Indiana alum who has served as an NBA head coach with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. Former Ohio State coach Thad Matta will now serve as Associate AD for Men’s Basketball Administration at Indiana. Woodson previously said talks and meetings with Matta have helped in transitioning to the college game.
Indiana tips off this season with a home matchup vs. Eastern Michigan on Nov. 9 (6:30 p.m. EST/BTN). Indiana will begin B1G play when they welcome visiting Nebraska on Dec. 4 (time TBD/BTN).