Full IU press release

11 comments by   |   Friday, February 22, 2008 - 8:39 pm EDT

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.”

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11 comments:
#1
Michael
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 8:44 PM EDT

“I am grateful to each and every one of them for their perseverance
and loyalty to this university.” – McRobbie

We shall see President McRobbie, we shall see. Time will tell…

 
#2
Ibelieve
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 8:45 PM EDT

Coach Night,

Thank you for contributing the other $500K.

IU Nation

 
#3
eddy
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 8:51 PM EDT

I’ll play if the players don’t want to. I’ll try my level best and beat down the Wildcats tomorrow.

 
#4
Jim
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 9:56 PM EDT

If the players want to show support for Kelvin, then the whole team needs to band together, play as hard as the last two games for the rest of the season and dedicate there accomplishments to Coach Sampson.
That would be fitting of Coach Sampsons efforts over the last two years at IU.
I think Sampson will be back in the NCAA tourney within 8 years. He is an awesome coach that can develop highly talented players (DJ).

 
#5
Fweet
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:01 PM EDT

Now can we begin the process of getting rid of the clownshoe who hired the cheater who came with a show cause letter? Mr. Greenspan, you do not deserve to still be AD when the Hoosiers are put on probation in June.

 
#6
My sources say....
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:18 PM EDT

To all those who don’t have a clue about Sampson’s hiring including Fweet.

Kelvin Sampson was hired under great pressure by former President Herbert. AD Greenspan had GREAT reservations and many, many meetings with Herbert regarding Sampson. In fact, it was only after Mark Few backed out that Greenspan basically relented to Sampson as being the best coaching candidate left willing to come to Indiana. Folks like Alford, Calapari and others mentioned were never even considered. Herbert convinced Greenspan that Sampson had learned his lesson, was a man of character and should be given the opportunity.

Rick Greenspan is one of the most stand up guys I have even known. This is killing him more than you can imagine. He is through and through a person of integrity, honesty, and forthrightness. He bears the responsibility of all of this, even though his gut was to pass on Sampson in the first place.

If you want someone fired, then go after Professor Adam Herbert.

 
#7
Phil
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:42 PM EDT

As a loyal IU graduate, financial supporter and fan, I am deeply embarassed to have to answer questions from my friends about the honesty and integrity of Indiana University’s athletic program. For almost 50 years, IU has not had an NCAA violation. The house cleaning is not yet done. Those who hired Sampson are just as culpable. Mr. Greenspan you may have been pressured by a lot of people to hire him. But, it was still your final decision. Where was your integrity? You need to go. Mr. Meyer needs to go as well. To Professor Herbert, I hope there is a way to also levy punishment on you. Finally, on behalf of Indiana University, President McRobbie needs to publicly apologize to all of the fans and players who were betrayed. Then, we can get on with the healing process of restoring the honesty and integrity that IU athletics will again represent. Good Luck to the players and Coach Dakich.

 
#8
JR
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:59 PM EDT

Time to clean house…it stinks in Bloomington like it never has before…start with Herbert and Greenspan and work your way on down. Let’s look at the way Greenspan has treated a number of “standup” folks…he needs to pull his hand out of the front of his shirt and catch the first bus out of Bloomington. But please do not buy him out…these guys have a great racket…do a crappy job and still get paid?

 
#9
Wil
Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 5:48 AM EDT

Congratulations IU. The university has set example that all universities should follow when a coach deliberately chooses to cheat and ignore rules and regulations. Unethical people like Kelvin Sampson do not belong in coaching.

 
#10
indiana sam
Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 11:49 AM EDT

sampson should never be allowed to coach again, not even at the YMCA!!

 
#11
Ann
Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:32 PM EDT

Sorry I should know more about Herbert but would you mind explaining what you mean?

 


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