That’s it. We’ll be headed back to the office soon to work on our stories about this long, strange day for the IU basketball program.
Here’s one I missed from earlier in the press conference: Greenspan was asked if he thinks his job is in jeopardy. He said he doesn’t know and that no one has said anything to him about that.
One or two of the recruits in IU’s 2008 recruiting class have provisions in their letters of intent to allow them to choose a different school if IU changes its coach, Greenspan said. He said he doesn’t know which recruits and that it will be up to the coaching staff to reach out to them now.
Greenspan was asked about whether he feels betrayed by Sampson’s violations after he was given a second chance to follow the rules. He said his disappointment is for IU’s players and fans but expressed hope that IU’s remaining staff will make something out of a tough situation.
“Out of these situations sometimes come some very good things. That’s the only way I can feel about this situation.”
Greenspan was asked about starting to look for another coach. He said they’ll probably exhale for a day or two so don’t expect any revelations for the next week or two. He said the first responsibility is to support the current team, not to get started in the hiring process that will start a new round of rumors.
Robin Green-Harris said that this week’s actions don’t have any bearing on the NCAA’s ultimate decision about penalizing IU. She said the university believes its initial self-sanctions are adequate and appropriate for the violations identified.
There was another question about a potential boycott of tomorrow’s game. He said there might always be a possibility – these players have a strong affinity for coach Sampson – but he thinks they also respect representing the university and continuing a strong season.
“It’s my expectation that as they heal emotionally and re-familiarize themselve with the coaching staff in new roles, they’ll continue to perform at a high level.”
The investigation just completed involved many hours of reviewing information and has given a Michael McRobbie a verbal report, but won’t share his report publicly.
Greenspan was asked why he chose Dakich as interim head coach over McCallum. He said both are great, experienced coaches, but he thought Dakich was the right choice.
A reporter just asked if the players threatened a boycott yesterday. Greenspan said he has great respect for the pressure IU’s players have faced and that he tried to give them encouragement yesterday. But he didn’t really answer the question.
Greenspan said that although players weren’t at practice, but his understanding is that most or all of IU’s players are at a walk-through tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s game.
Greenspan has just said what you already know. Sampson has resigned.
“I am pleased that we are able to part ways in a matter than best serves Indiana University and our basketball program.”
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