Sampson began today’s press conference by talking about the team and revealing that he’s still trying to figure out who is going to play in the post with D.J. White. He said Eli Holman has been playing well and is improving quickly.
Sampson thinks all of his freshmen need to play a game. “They need to get out and figure out what this is all about,” he said.
Eventually, talk turned to the violations, sanctions, the report to the NCAA and Rob Senderoff’s resignation.
He said that he’s upset by Rob Senderoff leaving, but believes that he’s a good young coach who will get good opportunities moving forward.
Sampson answered a few questions — saying that what he said in the report to the NCAA, that he didn’t know he was on three way calls, is the truth — before saying he wouldn’t discuss those issues again. When pressed, he said that he did not want to interfere with the NCAA’s process.
Sampson said he wasn’t sure what effect the prohibitions placed on his and new assistant Dan Dakich’s ability to recruit will have.
Dakich, by the way, had his first practice with the team yesterday. He’ll assume Rob Senderoff’s duties working with the post.
We’re waiting for Kelvin Sampson to show up. Any minute now.