Here’s the lead to reporter Dann Denny’s story about Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan’s appearance at a press conference this afternoon:
After IU athletics director Rick Greenspan opened a Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana press conference with a few brief comments in the Hoosier Room Wednesday afternoon, he displayed tailback speed as he made a beeline out of the room.
Left in his wake were broadcasters and cameramen from three Indianapolis television stations â€” Channel 6, Channel 8 and Fox 59 â€” with their bright lights glaring and microphones poised.
A female broadcaster from Fox 59 showed some quick feet as well, chasing the beleaguered AD into the hallway and asking for a comment about IU basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. Greenspan kept walking, disappearing like a vapor into the bowels of Memorial Stadium.
With Greenspan gone, the TV stations packed up their gear and headed back to Indianapolis, skipping the rest of the press conference. They had come for one purpose â€” to ask Greenspan about Sampson falling off the â€œphone callâ€ wagon.
But Greenspan, honorary chairman of the 2008 Bowl For Kidsâ€™ Sake fundraising campaign, did not want to talk about that.
Rather, he said the goal for the 20th annual Bowl for Kidsâ€™ Sake campaign in south central Indiana is $200,000, 15 percent more than the amount raised last year.
Kelvin Sampson will hold a press conference tomorrow and, according to an IU e-mail, “will be happy to speak about the team and its first week of practice but will not address questions regarding the recent IU sanctions.”