We wanted to talk to Sampson, and we did. As the hearing let out, reporters manned all known exits. Sampson resorted to coming up through a service stairway and making a dash to a van that had pulled up and was waiting for him. But as he made his way out the door, a few reporters caught up with him. He was cordial.
“It went well,” he said. “It’s a process.”
When asked if the hearing went as he thought it would he said, “About what we expected. We’ll be back tomorrow.”
The hearing resumes at 8:30 local time tomorrow morning.
No, I wasn’t taking a nap. Though I thought about it. The hearing is scheduled to end for the day in about 15 minutes. There probably won’t be any news to come from the exit.
I’m keeping busy by waiting. We’ve been told that today’s hearing will go to 6 p.m. local time, and will probably have to be resumed tomorrow.
Everyone here is a bit shaken by the news that Tim Russert has died.
Tom Crean, returning from lunch, said: “Puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?”
Kelvin Sampson is determined not to have his picture taken today. Or maybe he is determined not to see any of our faces. Either way, he is avoiding the media throng at all costs.
Being the intrepid folk that we are, we were able to discover a plainly marked exit that leads to the alley behind the hotel. So, as the group prepared to break for lunch, two cameramen were dispatched to the area. First, Rob Senderoff and his entourage exited and went out to lunch.
Then, according to the reports from the AP photographer and Indianapolis’ WISH TV (Channel eight) camera guy, two guys believed to be affiliated with Sampson emerged for a separate door in the same area. Upon seeing the offending lenses, they scurried back inside.
Here’s the question that seems obvious: Why go to such extremes to avoid having a few photos snapped and saying,”No comment?”
Anyway, I’m now going to go find a schematic of all underground tunnels running through this part of Seattle. Wish me luck.
In 10 minutes, the hearing will break for lunch. Currently, I’m attempting to get the scoop on where they will go. My guess is that they will not appreciate the culinary delight know as Qdoba that is located adjacent to the hotel. Their loss.
Kelvin is indeed inside the meeting. We’ve received confirmation from Stacey Osburn of the NCAA.
Hopefully, he’ll come out and chat when they break for lunch in an hour. I will purchase him a sandwich or something.
A few photos from today:
Here’s the hotel Deca, where the hearing is being held. It rises out of a hip little neighborhood near the University of Washington’s bucolic campus north of downtown Seattle.
Former assistant coach Rob Senderoff enters the hearing room behind an unidentified guy carrying a lot of paper work. Those boxes almost fell, but Senderoff made a quick save and prevented a catastrophic spillage.
Former assistant coach Jeff Meyer enters the hearing. We presume the other person in the picture is his lawyer, Stuart Brown. He pulls off the pink with aplomb.
That’s Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan. He walks alone.
The man walking through that door is current Indiana coach Tom Crean. Promise. If you look closely you can see his hand and part of his suit.
I completely missed taking a picture of him because, in typical Tom Crean style, he whizzed by us in a caffeine-fueled flash. Also, I’ve got a lousy camera that turns off if you don’t take a picture within 13 seconds of pressing the power button. This is OK for a birthday party or day at the beach. It’s not so good when you are stalking people outside of a trial.
Two things surprised me as we watched everyone file in for the hearing: first, that Jim Delany, the Big Ten commissioner, is here. We didn’t know he would be, and we assume he’s here to help Indiana’s cause. Second, that there were like 25 huge boxes of paperwork carried into the room.
There is, apparently, a back door. And it appears as though Kelvin Sampson may have slipped through it, and right past us.
Indiana’s hearing with the NCAA began minutes ago.
Most of the involved parties entered a conference room in the Hotel Deca through the main entrance, starting at about 9:30.
With one notable exception: Kelvin Sampson.
There are seven reporters/cameramen/photographers standing outside the door to the conference room. None of them saw Sampson or his lawyer, Mike Glazier, enter the room.
We’re trying to figure out if Sampson could have arrived earlier or gone in another way. We do not know if there is a separate entrance.
An NCAA representative said that the involved parties are generally there for the entire hearing; it would be unusual for Sampson to have been told to show up for his testimony at a later time.