Indiana named its student section the Crimson Guard last season, and this year, athletic director Fred Glass would really like its members to start showing up to Assembly Hall earlier.
According to the Indiana Daily Student, Glass is encouraging this by creating a subsection of the Crimson Guard called the "Front Line" that allows students with tickets within the first 25 rows to receive first-come, first-serve seating.
Glass said the idea for the section was largely accepted by men’s basketball coach Tom Crean, who has joined Glass in growing weary of empty student seats before tip-off.
"I hate it, hate it, hate it when coach Crean comes out to engage the students, and they're not there," Glass said. "We've got a coach who wants to engage the students, embrace them and have them be a part of what makes Assembly Hall a really tough place to play for opponents. ...
"They come right before the game or maybe even a little late, and it's just not creating the kind of environment we want to have."
The Hoosiers have much to look forward to this season with the return of star guard Maurice Creek following season-ending knee surgery, but if Glass' vision of early-arriving students is to be realized, it won't necessarily fall upon the students.
Crean's team will have to come through with wins. Because while it is Indiana, 10-21 seasons don't exactly generate the buzz necessary to inspire someone to wait in line early.