The Ellis and Bassett situation


We all know we are in a period of rumor and innuendo. That’s what happens when there is a coaching search. I abhor this more than you can imagine, but it’s what we have to do right now.

But some things are just not that mysterious.

Jamarcus Ellis wants to stay at Indiana. No mystery there. Here’s a recording of part of what Ellis said to three of the regular beat writers (Terry Hutchens, Ken Bikoff and me) right after the Arkansas game. 

And Armon Bassett would prefer to stay at Indiana, so long as he feels comfortable with the yet-to-be named coach.

If those two are gone before the new coach is in place and able to meet with the players, it is not because they made the choice to leave entirely on their own.

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11 comments:

  • Kenny_G #1


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:15 PM EDT

    Seems like IU fans are turning on them and Crawford faster than you can say Bracey Wright and Robert Vaden. I feel bad for the players.

  • DD #2


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:07 PM EDT

    Agreed, Kenny_G. I really hate hate hate how a vocal minority of fans can turn so ugly so quickly.

    If players transfer, as a fan I will greatly miss them, and then wish them well. We should never harbor ill feelings towards a player if he wishes to go elsewhere after a coaching change.

    After all, isn’t that how we ended up with Eric Gordon?

  • Scott #3


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:40 PM EDT

    Guys, I do not think this is going to be the player’s choice.

    It sounds like are team is doing things off the court that would make any of us cringe. At least that is the word on the street.

    Peegs is saying we have the worst off the court issues he has seen in his time covering IU. Players are going to be transferring, because those players are being kicked off the team, not because they chose to transfer.

  • ww #4


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:29 PM EDT

    That is the word on the street? Isn’t that why Chris wrote what he did? I am off the street and will await the truth. I may get the news later than most, but it will be truth.

  • Jim #5


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:15 PM EDT

    Playing for the Hoosiers is a priviledge, and I don’t have a problem with dismissals if players aren’t representing the school well. I do have a problem with this, however, if the program ignored the issues during the season so they could still play. This would confirm just how sleazy Sampson was, and add to the case for a new AD hire as well.

    I would support allowing the new coach to make the call with players. He can lay down the law and give the guys a chance to develop the disipline they will need now and later in life, since CKS didn’t seem to even attempt to instill disipline in this year’s squad. If they screw up again though, then they’re out.

  • Kenny_G #6


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:37 PM EDT

    It’s funny how the team turned into a bunch of “discipline cases” when Dakich and Greenspan ran the team into the ground but when Sampson was here and we were winning there were no issues. Gotta love the hypocritical, turn on our own nature of Hoosier Nation.

  • Zak #7


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:05 PM EDT

    This is about as bizarre of a season I can ever imagine with a collegiate-level program. Some of the rumors out there are just baffling to me.

  • Scott #8


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:05 PM EDT

    This is no longer rumor.

    Bassett and Ellis are GONE.

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080331/NLETTER03/80331049

    Thank god, and lets clear the rest of the house out.

  • Mark K #9


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:24 PM EDT

    Well, at least Dakich takes a stand, lays down the law and the players knew that if they missed the meeting they would be dismissed. While I am sorry to see them go, it may be for the best in the long run.

    It is just one thing after another with the b-ball program. What is next in this soap operesque team? Crawford and Big Dre get canned too?

  • Bill #10


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:43 PM EDT

    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.

  • IU Basketball Fan for Years #11


    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:00 AM EDT

    I know it was said that the applicant for coach wouldn’t care what NCAA sanctions would be for this program but I’m not sure it’s fair to hire a coach and then give him the news. it seems that he should have an idea of what he will be dealing with before he ever accepts this job. I don’t understand why it will take so long for NCAA to let us know what their decision will be.

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