Greenspan said he expects Sampson to coach tonight and for the foreseeable future. He left it to the media to editorialize on what the foreseeable future means.
I think what we can take away from this press conference is that after a day of revelation on how the NCAA views IU’s case, we won’t see much action from IU for awhile. The athletic department will be doing further investigation, Greenspan promised, which may eventually result in personnel actions or further self-sanctions against the program.
Fans will seethe, storm and simmer in the meantime, no doubt.
Greenspan avoided a direct answer to a question about whether IU could fire Sampson for cause at this point. The answer to that question dictates whether IU can fire Sampson now without fear they’ll end up owing him millions if he successfully sues IU for a wrongful termination. From what I’ve read and heard, it seems like IU could fire Sampson for violating NCAA rules, but it seems a little muddy on whether it would be a better idea to wait until the NCAA has made a final determination on that.