Ellis and Bassett hope to return

Jamarcus Ellis and Armon Bassett are off the Indiana basketball team.

For now.

The guards did not attend a full-team meeting today after being informed of their status by interim coach Dan Dakich.

But they are telling teammates that they hope the dismissal will turn into more of a suspension. They plan on maintaining their eligibility in hopes that a new coach will allow them back on the team, according to a source close to the situation.

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  • Jon says:

    That’s good news. I think these young men probably feel lost in the current situation and hopefully with time, things will work out the best.

  • Dynasty says:

    Uh.. Ok?! Kids these days .. All I can say ..

  • Mark says:


    Do you think Dan had to run the removal past the AD office? I would doubt that he has the authority on his own to do this.

  • Brad says:

    Can we just fire Dakich now, even though we don’t have another coach?

  • Jon says:

    I think he probably ran it by the AD. Greenspan is just humoring him and said do what you have to. and then text messaged AB and JE and said we’ll talk after Thursday.

  • pearl please says:

    please do not blame these guys ellis is a parent and bassett is obviously influenced does anyone disagree that armon is our best player if ej leaves?? didnt think so…. if u claim to have any bball knowledge that is.. dont tell a couple kids “u guys have to kisten to this guy….. kinda…. what do u expect how well did guys except authority at 19???

  • IU Alum says:

    I don’t know why everyone says Dakich is gone in a few days. He just signed a contract extension a week or two ago that keeps him at IU until June 2009.

  • tyler says:

    Dakich is a cocky son-of-a-gun that no one would want to play for. He chooses favorites, and those he hates (for absolutely no reason). Fire Dakich, Fire Greenspan, take Armon and Ellis back, then get Rick Pitino in there to right the ship

  • Jon says:

    IU Alum, I just thought of that as well. This makes for an interesting situation.

    Wow. what a mess.

    I wish this could have waited another week or two to happen. But I see the sense of urgency given OUR SEASON is OVER! I mean come on.

  • Moses says:

    Get a clue people…………if these 2 players can’t follow the rules with Sampson, Dakich, what makes you think they will follow the rules with a new coach. Sampson should be spanked for letting them get away with what they did. They should be packing their bags now. I applaud Dakich for doing something about their behavior. Our town will be a lot better off without them. Don’t you think they have caused enough grief to this community? I feel sorry for Dan Dakich, as he has had to deal with these thugs that Sampson brought in……..you know the ones that can’t make their grades, the ones who party all the time, get caught with drugs, but have no consequences? Being a Bloomington resident for over 40 years, it is discouraging to have these kids come to our town and set bad examples for our kids in our community. It is a crying shame……
    Dan, bring back character to Indiana Basketball. Bring back the Indiana boys. The ones who are diciplined, the ones who care about the team and the ones who follow the rules, not because they have to, but because they want to. Let’s get the kids who will be here through thick and thin for 4 years. The ones whose parents aren’t hoping that they will be making a million the following year…. The ones who can be great team players, the ones who can be good examples for our community. The ones who put others first including the University who is paying for their Education. The ones who will make a difference when their basketball days are all over. That is what Indiana Basketball used to be about. I believe Dan Dakich knows this and will see to it that it gets done right. I always told me kids to DO WHAT IS RIGHT, NOT WHAT IS POPULAR!

  • climber says:

    He should have choked them.

  • GOODBYE says:


  • jay says:

    Well, Bassett is from Terre Haute, so I’m not sure what you mean by “Indiana boys”. I suppose I could read into it that you mean “white”. And as for the type of player you want to bring in, that’s fine, but when IU loses 20 games a season, I don’t want to see you complaining about it. DJ White, Lance Stemler, Eric Gordon, these players are all good leaders/hard workers, and only Gordon is from Indiana. This incident is just more indicative of how messed up the situation is. And doesn’t it have some effect on the coaching search? Just a horrible situation right now.

  • steve says:

    Good. Hopefully they can probe themselves to the new coach. DD is very cocky and I hope he is gone soon.

  • Laffy says:

    1) I think Dan was right for kicking them off.

    2) Not so sure I want them back with their attitudes……..I don’t care how talented they are.

  • Jon says:

    “Take some of your friends with you?”

    “Indiana boys?”

    Is there anyway I can filter out white trash comments?

  • Travis says:

    If Dakich is cocky, then Pitino is…well never mind.

  • chris says:

    Who is in the running for coach that they want to name by Thursday?

  • chris says:

    I don’t see Basset wanting to sit out a year. Especially Ellis with only one year left. If they were warned before hand what else is a coach to do?

  • Mike says:

    Indiana was built on doing things the right way. Kudos to Dakich for having the courage to kick out the drug users and rule breakers during this difficult time. I’m proud of him and wish him the best.

  • Zak says:

    Nothing like some good ole message board banter.

    Was Dakich right to suspend two players for repeatedly missing meetings considering he most likely isn’t going to be head coach by the end of this week?

    Obviously, he feels that he still has that right. And, even if you disagree with him, he is doing what he said he would do. In his lengthy diatribe after the humiliating loss to Arkansas, Dakich lobbied for the job and said there were several things that needed to be done to restore Indiana basketball to its proper place.

    In his mind, suspending two players for not following the rules was a step in that direction.

    Just another intriguing saga to the soap opera that is the 2007-08 Indiana Basketball season…

  • jakovasaurs says:

    IU has officially bottomed out….as a fan and current student at the superior university a few hours north i am thrilled. This will be hard to recover from. When you recruit weak dbags that will use your “prestigious” university for a year and leave and hire a coach that has a history of cheating what do you expect. Good luck being the fourth best team in indiana next year…maybe fifth if iupui is looking at a decent squad.

  • iu4eva says:

    And I thought the storm was over…

  • rick says:

    The good news, Kyle Taber for President, and team captain.

  • brendan says:

    Congratulations Myles, your master plan to turn Indiana Basketball into a laughing stock is nearly complete. I am sure Thursday’s coaching announcement will make your dream a reality.

    BTW Rick Greenspan, you’re the best!!!!!!!you loser!!!

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