CBS: Players will walk

Gary Parrish, the college basketball writer for is reporting that several Indiana players threatened to quit the team during their meeting with Rick Greenspan Thursday night.

I’m going to go through the motions and tell you that we have been unable to confirm this report, and that it does not jibe with what we heard about the meeting in Greenspan’s office, which took place shortly after 7 p.m. and last about a half hour.

We have been told that the players were informed by Greenspan that no final decision on Sampson’s future had been made. The players then, in turn, shared their belief that Sampson should be allowed to coach the remainder of the season.

While our sources might have different takes on what happened, I cannot imagine that Parrish is throwing this out there unless he has it from a solid, trusted source.

Parrish also reports that his source told him that the university asked Sampson to resign Thursday night and that he declined and is “daring” the university to fire him.

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  • Sam says:

    Parrish is an idiot and when this done he and his “source” will look like idiots. The players will be upset. Some may toss out the threat of walking away. The same thing happened when coach Knight was fired. But then reason sets in. This is the last go ’round for some of these kids and they won’t throw away a chance at a conference title or a national title. DJ White is a leader and a leader that has been through this sort of thing before. He will bring this team together and they will play.

  • arlogut says:

    indeed. ej seems to have been the most vocal about KS sticking around, but even he wouldn’t walk. this whole thing has gotten WAY out of hand.

  • Mark K says:

    I hope the players did make some serious threats and that Greenspan takes them under advisement. I feel so bad for them and they seem to be lost among all the hoopla of these phone call follies.

    I personally want Sampson to be able to finish the season under the condition that he resign at the end , pending of course, his right to a fair and balanced NCAA hearing. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty premise that is the core of our legal system?

    It should be an interesting day and rest of the season for ….GO IU!

  • Michael says:

    Mark K– absolutely!!! These are allegations, last I checked!! Beyond that, if they are true then why now? Why not fire before this season started in October!!?? Sampson maintains He didn’t mislead anybody, and there is no evidence that backs the NCAA’s claim that He did cover it up. If that’s the part of all this that has changed since October then firing Him today would be the worst mistake IU could make. LAWSUITS come to mind, which will be much worse than all this…

  • Mike P says:

    I have always been one who says to support the program and the players who come here to play. I do respect the loyalty to their coach, but if they did make that threat, I hope Greenspan cancels the rest of the season, and yanks every scholarship on the team and has the Bursar send them all the bill.

    Sampson may be the coach who brought them here, but he is not the person who pays for their school, pays for their place to live, or pays for the food they eat. That would be the University the agreed to play for, that is where their loyalties should ultimately remain.

    Ok, I am off my soap box, let the comment flogging begin! 🙂

  • arlogut says:

    it amazes me there are still sampson backers. i’m all for supporting the boys, but a cheater?!?!

  • Mark says:

    I think the HT needs to take some responsibility for feeding this frenzy. It makes NO sense to fire a successful coach mid-season based on these allegations. If he abused a player, bought a recruit a car, or committed a felony, get rid of him. But not for this.

  • Brad says:

    Parrish is a dumba$$…I really doubt this tool has any “source” other than internet message board rumors. I have yet to read any of his work and think to myself, “hmm, this guy actually has a clue.”

  • arlogut says:

    mark- If they don’t fire him, IU will suffer by NCAA sanctions. Whether you like it or not, this is a move to save IU’s future ability to play in post-season.

  • Mark K says:

    It’s rather comical that SUPOSSEDLY one of the players: EJ,DJ, Stemmie, Taber or Ahfeld supposedly got up while Greespan’s talking and says “if Sampson ain’t coaching, we ain’t playing”., so they supposedly Greenspan asks if he should just cancel the whole season,” and the unnamed player says ‘We don’t care what you do. But if Sampson ain’t coaching, we ain’t playing.’ And then they just walked out.” :~)

    Gotta love their spirit and loyalty to Sampson!

  • Dave says:

    If the players walk, let them walk. The cheater should be fired. Player threats is what got us Mike Davis… IU Administration needs to get some balls and set some examples.

  • Mark says:


    I understand your point, but part of me thinks that somebody has to stand up and say: “this is wrong”. Isn’t it possible for IU, and IU fans, to take this stand?

  • Mikie says:

    they probably watched dead poets society back to back with Hoosiers…sheesh

  • Mark K says:

    I think the players are just trying to help save their season, their coach and the future recruits that will not come to IU if Sampson is fired. God love em!

    With Sampson gone IU Bball will be set back 3-4 years. With Sampson here, sans NCAA sanctions of course, IU continues it’s return to the upper echelon of NCAA and Big Ten basketball rather then stuck in the mediocrity of recent past years.

    Has the press conference be announced yet?

  • Mike P says:


    Why should the HT take the responsibility in this?

    Did they call the recruits to many times? Did they lie to the NCAA?

    Did they hire Sampson, even though he was in trouble with the NCAA already?

    Exactly what is the HT responsible for?

  • arlogut says:

    mark- Taking a stand is one thing. Committing postseason suicide is another. So IU takes a stand….and can’t play for 2-4 years in postseason. What’s the difference between that and being “set back 3-4 years” as Mark K says.

    (BTW- I don’t think it will. If IU has no sanctions, they will be able to get a quality coach. It’s freaking IU for Bigfoot’s sake!?!?)

  • arlogut says:

    Mike P- The argument is that the HT and other media created a feeding frenzy and that has caused KS to be fired. I don’t buy it! KS making bad decisions while on PROBATION for over 500 calls got him fired! Not the media.

  • Dave says:

    If Sampson had any class he would resign. Same goes for the AD.

  • Mark says:

    Responsible for contributing to the circus atmosphere surrounding this situation. Three inch high front-page headlines in today’s newspaper! These are phone calls!! Where’s the perspective! There isn’t a person on the planet who hasn’t broken a rule. When we are caught we pay a price, but in this case the price is out of line.

  • Dave says:


    “broken a rule” ? 500+ times and arrogantly defied and lied….to IU and NCAA

  • john says:

    KS is gone. next question, who is the next coach to keep the mo going? my pick…Tom Crean. class, recruiter,and a great bench coach!!

  • Mark says:


    Allegations, remember. If at the end of the season, when everything has settled down, it is clear that KS is not the coach for IU then fine, let him go.

    Firing him now is reactionary and cowardly!

  • arlogut says:

    It’s cowardly for Sampson to not resign. That would be the brave thing to do. But as we can see, he’s not a man of repute.

  • Dave says:

    As I said, if he had any class he would resign. I predict he wont.

    As an IU Fan and Alumni, I would love to see the University BB program once again viewed as a “clean” one that wins games and graduates players in an above board and legal manner…What does it matter how many games and trophies you win if it is perceived as done with disregard to the rules? At least Bob Knight with all his faults was never accused of cheating.

    This anti-spam math quiz is getting tougher as we go, don’t you think?

  • Mike P says:


    Do you think the phone calls are the real issue? If so, I want to know what little happy go lucky world you are living in.

    The issue is that he is now a repeat offender, him and his staff from Oklahoma and IU have now broke the rule more than 600 times. He tried to play innocent with the NCAA the first time, they gave him sanctions, and even clarified questions, one of those clarifications had to do specifically with 3 way calls, the exact thing Sampson is in trouble for.

    Two investigation have revealed the same thing, that Sampson was on these calls, and the recruits and/or their parents have confirmed this.

    Them confirming this, and Sampson saying it did not happen is the issue. I mean come on, do you really believe he never once looked at his caller ID to know who called him?

    As for the HT, they are doing their jobs! Their job is to report on news in Bloomington and at IU, this is major news for the school, the program, and the community. So again, what did the HT do wrong?

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