Ok, stop! An article on the dismissal of Coach Kelvin Sampson at Indiana University can now be shared. Is winning every thing? Ask IU alumni and you may be shocked at the difference in opinions. What happened at IU? An NCAA report accused Sampson of five "major" violations. The report claimed Sampson gave "false or misleading information" to investigators. It all starts with allegations of Sampson making prohibited phone calls to recruits while he was still under recruiting restrictions because of a similar episode at Oklahoma. According to the report sent to IU, Sampson "failed to deport himself ... with the generally recognized high standard of honesty" and "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the men's basketball program."
Athletic director Rick Greenspan promised that IU would cooperate with all NCAA requests.
"It's regrettable, to say the least, that we are in this position, in regards to these allegations... I personally and professionally am profoundly disappointed that there is even a hint of inappropriate behavior," said Greenspan.
Sampson originally responded,"The allegations that I knowingly acted contrary to the sanctions that occurred while I was at Oklahoma are not true... I have never intentionally provided false or misleading information to the NCAA. I intend to work within the NCAA process on this matter, and I look forward to my opportunity to do so."On Friday, February 22, 2008 Coach Sampson was suspended by IU. He immediately resigned and signed a release of all claims in exchange for $750,000. Approximately $550,000 was coincidently pledged to IU as a donation by an anonymous donor. IU's next step is to try to salvage team unity and finish the season under interim coach Dan Dakich. The search for a permanent coach will likely begin within the next seven days.
As for Sampson, he will likely lay low before circulating a revised resume.
Update 3-25-08:The Dakich experiment was a disaster. Indiana lost its first game in the Big 10 Tournament and in the NCAA Tournament. Comments as to possible coaches appears in the comment section.
Update 3-29-08: WSU coach Tony Bennett has been offered the head coaching job at IU. LINK. While IU expected Bennett to accept the offer and return to the midwest at the school his sister once coached in basketball, he declined. (Keep in mind, the procedure is that an University's agent or attorney contacts the coach's attorney and no direct discussions are held between the University and a prospective coach. That way if it doesn't work out either or both sides can say they never spoke to each other about the job) One way or another, IU will have a new coach inked within 9 days.
Update 4-2-08: Tom Crean has been hired as coach of the Indiana Hoosiers.