BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan
announced today (Feb. 22) that he has accepted the immediate resignation of
men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.
Greenspan appointed assistant coach Dan Dakich as interim head coach and
assistant coach Ray McCallum as assistant head coach.
Dakich, who joined the Indiana staff this season, is a 1985 IU graduate,
four-year basketball letterwinner and worked for 12 years as a Hoosiers
assistant coach, before spending the past 10 years as head coach at Bowling
Green. As a player, the two-time team captain (1984 and 1985) is best
remembered for his excellent defensive effort against Michael Jordan in
Indiana’s upset of North Carolina in the 1984 NCAA Tournament.
Formerly the head coach at both Ball State and Houston, Ray McCallum has 25
years of Division I college coaching experience which followed a stellar
playing career at Ball State. McCallum, well known in basketball circles
nationally for his integrity and exceptional dedication to the game, is
well-respected and admired by players and fellow coaches alike.
Neither Dakich nor McCallum were implicated in the NCAA notice of
allegations. Additionally, McCallum was not a member of the University of
Oklahoma men’s basketball staff previously charged with impermissible phone
calls by the NCAA.
As part of the resignation agreement, Sampson will be paid $750,000, of
which $200,000 will come from Athletic Department funds and the remainder is
being provided by an anonymous donor. Sampson, in turn, has agreed that he
will not file a wrongful termination lawsuit against Indiana University.
“I am very sorry to see our relationship with Coach Sampson end this way,
but we have to focus on doing what’s best for the long-term interests of IU
and its men’s basketball team,” Greenspan said.
Two weeks ago, IU received a “Notice of Allegations” from the National
Collegiate Athletic Association advising it that Sampson and other members
of his staff are charged with potentially “major” recruiting violations.
In response, IU President Michael A. McRobbie had directed Greenspan to
review the allegations, determine if they were credible and report back to
him by Feb. 22. Because of the resignation, there was no need for Greenspan
to report back to the president.
McRobbie said he has approved the resignation agreement.
“I have accepted the resignation of Kelvin Sampson in order to put this
matter behind us and allow our basketball season to move forward without
these distractions,” McRobbie said.
McRobbie said he is very much aware of the disappointment being felt by many
members of the basketball team.
“They have been playing their hearts out on the court in spite of all the
controversy and media attention that has been focused on this issue,” he
said. “I am grateful to each and every one of them for their perseverance
and loyalty to this university.”