Ellis and Bassett off the team

The Indianapolis Star is now reporting that Jamarcus Ellis and Armon Bassett have been dismissed from the Indiana basketball team.

This is a story we’ve been following for a week. As the Star report states, Bassett and Ellis have been late to a series of meetings. Our sources also say that they then refused to accept the punishment meted out by interim coach Dan Dakich.

He wanted them to run. They wouldn’t run.

When the team met today, Ellis and Bassett were not there.

So far, we’ve been unable to reach Ellis, Bassett or Dakich.

This is yet another interesting development in a season full of them.

Dakich said he would clean up the culture at IU and this appears to be a step in that direction.

But it is a bit curious that Dakich has been left in place to make decisions about the team that some other coach will probably inherit. It seems like Bassett and Ellis would have to do more than show up late for a few meetings and disobey a lame-duck coach to get completely booted from the program.

More on this as the story develops.

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  • BC Resident says:

    If true, the implosion continues. I’m practically speechless.

  • Haystacks says:

    wow, tryouts at the HPER this summer?

  • DD says:

    I’m now resigned for a 5-25 season next year, no matter who’s coaching.


  • Jon says:

    somebody make it stop.

  • Bill says:

    If anyone there actually knows Dan Dakich the man, and isn’t just basing their decisions on his 5 game record with a team still in shock from losing thier head coach, or his 10 years at a small mid major with very little commitment from the school for athletics, you would all be on the “band wagon” to keep Dan on as your head coach. He knows how to coach and win at any level and he will bring back the integrity that has been missing from your program.

  • Jon says:

    three years from now we’ll all be hyped for an IU final four appearance, looking back on this and laughing. but tonight, i may drink myself into oblivion.

  • progrocks says:

    Can I blame this on Greenspan? Seriously, how can you leave a babysitter in a position to punish what are someone elses kids. Should have been left to the new coach.

  • adam says:

    good for dakich. its by far the best thing he’s done. i’m so tired of these players bitching. its time they grow up and realize that this is sampson’s fault not dakich and whoever the new coach is should not allow them back. that goes for guys like crawford and thomas as well. they aren’t bigger than the program, the program will survive.

  • TruHoosier says:

    Bill… great post.. agreed, Dakich is a great man and would only look out for the best interests in the university/program.

  • JL says:

    We better name a coach (anyone) quick. You have a man acting as coach without the support of the university (At least for now). IU administration continues its awesome ability to manage and lead.

  • Mark says:

    This isn’t Dakich’s call. This is a new coaches call. Unless he is named the new coach, he has no place kicking these guys off. They may need to go, but it’s not his call. Greenspan should fire the idiot for making us and him look bad in front of the entire nation. Great news for the final four week. Just the positive PR we needed right now. Great job Dan.

  • Scott says:

    They are thugs and can’t follow rules now like they couldn’t follow rules before. Clean house now and build a team that respects what it is all about being a player and student at IU. To Bassett and Ellis, don’t let the door hit you in the….

  • Scott says:

    Mark how is he making IU look bad? It is Bassett and Ellis looking like babies. They can’t follow simple rules and don’t want to pay the price. Most of them should have been gone when they couldn’t follow IU/NCAA rules and were only suspended for 3 games.

  • Chet says:

    It sounds like he did what a coach should do.

  • BC Resident says:

    Scott…care to elaborate on the “thugs” comment? Are the tats a little too much for you or what?

  • Ryan K says:

    how can you claim ‘dakich knows how to win at any level?’ if he in fact knew how to win, he would have won at Bowling Green, regardless of your claim of an unsupportive admin.

    and how can a man who is NOT the head coach of this team dismiss anyone? what an embarrassment.

  • Ryan K says:

    dont mind scott. just has a case of ‘sand in the va-jay-jay’

  • BC Resident says:

    Sand in the va-jay-jay…marked it down for future reference. Thanks.

  • tberry says:

    Dakich will not BE the coach but Dakich IS the coach. He has the responsibility to keep the team disciplined and ready to play for IU whether they like it or not.

    No matter what his status he runs the team. The players do not run the team. if they don’t want to listen to the coach they need to go home. IU doesn’t need any player enough to give control of the team to them.

  • bhss73 says:

    Good.. find someone who actually cares about who they play for. The way Ellis mailed it in the last three weeks of the season made me sick. Enjoy your lack of education in a few years Mr. Ellis.. the world is full of BB players who are worth a damn… remember the kid from jeffersonville who got kicked off the team? Or the kid from Chicago (Michael something) about 12 yrs ago? he got mad at Knight and just left in the middle of the semester…..

  • perry says:

    it’s just sad that they are this disrespectful when they are treated like gods at IU… I don’t have any respect for any of them now, I do not get why they can’t just follow rules set forth for them. I’m not sure about this, but aren’t they the ones that wanted to not play!?

  • Scott says:

    BC-No tats aren’t to much for me. The trying to punch your own player(Thomas), the not caring about gettting a free education and not being able to stay “Clean” long enough to get the free education. The crying because you don’t feel you are playing enough. Should I go on? Just drive around on any given night and you can watch these thugs out at the bars all night during the entire season. All they care about is party, party, party

  • Ryan K says:

    heres an idea for ya scott and bhss73 – lets only recruit from the carmel country club! then you guys won’t have to be so afraid of the thugs at night.

    what a wonderfully tolerant and open community this is.

  • d.jochum says:

    Its funny how every one is on DD case. Remember he didn’t put himself in this position. The administration did when they made the bad decision to hire a coach based on players not the what was best. MD could do nothing but fail in this case. Next, they hire a person already in NCAA problems. Then instead of suspending for few games and making decisions at end of season we rush to jusgement hoping not to be punished. We have a proud program with alot of support we will go through a hard time but we will compete.

  • Toast says:

    Well it is a real shame if this is true. Both of those are/were poised to be very big pieces of whats left on this team. But hey rules are rules and regardless of how IU is supporting Dakich right now he is the man and they should respect that. What kind of basketball player won’t run anyway? That’s a pretty pathetic thing to do, and while that punishment seems harsh, surely this stems from more than just being late to a few practices. There is definitely more to the story.

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