Hoosier Hysteria continues to add new wrinkles to its shape as Indiana University athletics announced that ESPN reporter Courtney Cronin and NFL Network analyst Rhett Lewis will serve as co-officials for this year’s basketball season kick-off event on October 7 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Cronin and Lewis are IU alumni.
The addition of Cronin and Lewis as co-participants comes a week after IU announced that artist Ji Herbo will perform at Hoosier Hysteria after the group’s activities and events.
Hoosier Hysteria is free for all attendees. Fans can also purchase floating header stickers for the IU men’s and women’s basketball teams for $12 at the IU Team Store.
Here is the full press release from Indiana University Athletics:
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin and NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis will serve as co-officials for Smithville’s Hoosier Hysteria, which kicks off October 7 at 7 p.m. at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Cronin and Lewis are both graduates of Indiana University and have achieved tremendous success nationally in broadcasting. Cronin graduated from IU in 2012 and joined ESPN in 2017. Cronin, a national award-winning journalist, started with ESPN as a reporter in Minnesota for the Vikings before taking up the same role covering the Chicago Bears in 2022. In addition to those responsibilities, she’s also a national host on ESPN Radio and appears regularly on ESPN TV shows, including SportsCenter, First Take, and Around the Horn.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be back at my beloved school to help kick-start the 2022-23 men’s and women’s basketball season,” Cronin said. “I spent four years covering Hoosier Hysteria as a student journalist and am honored to be this year’s event director. Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is one of the most iconic arenas in the sport and contains many of my favorite memories from my time at Indiana University. I can’t wait to be part of the best environment in college basketball on October 7.
Meanwhile, Lewis joined the NFL Network in 2014 and is the host of the network’s show, Path to the Draft. Prior to joining the NFL Network, Lewis worked as a sports broadcaster and reporter for television networks in Boston, New Orleans, and Lubbock, Texas. In addition to his NFL responsibilities, Lewis is also a member of the IU Radio Network’s IU Football broadcast team alongside Don Fischer. A former IU footballer for Gerry DiNardo and Terry Hoeppner, Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree from IU in 2005 and his master’s in 2006.
“It was a great experience to be back on the Indiana football program as a color analyst on broadcast and to go back to the time I was playing with IU, I remember the atmosphere around campus on football weekend when Hoosier Hysteria was added to the schedule,” Lewis said. “I’m so excited now to be a part of Hoosier Hysteria Friday night to celebrate another great year of Hoosier Basketball and then call Hoosier Football Homecoming on Saturday. What a weekend of old IU glory!”
The doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall will open next Friday at 6 p.m., one hour before the start of Hoosier Hysteria offered by Smithville. While admission to the annual Basketball Season’s blitz event is free, fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. This is traditionally one of the most successful donation events of the year, bringing in up to 12,000 pounds of food to support those in need in Monroe, Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen and Martin counties.
The Indiana Team Store, located within the western doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, will be open for ceremonies as well. In addition to being open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 7, it will reopen at 6 p.m. and remain open for the duration of the event. In addition to the regular assortment of cool IU merchandise, the IU Team Store will also have men’s and women’s Indiana 2022-23 floating header stickers on sale for $12 each.