Here’s the release from J.D. Campbell, media relations director for Indiana Athletics:
Indiana senior D.J. White and freshman Eric Gordon were named second and
third team All-Americans by the Associated Press this afternoon. They are
the first Hoosiers to be honored by AP since Jared Jeffries in 2002. Gordon
is the first freshman in IU history to earn first, second, or third team
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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.Â
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.
Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis are still on Indiana’s basketball team, but have had discussions recently about leaving IU.
Following a report Sunday night that Bassett and Ellis may transfer from Indiana, basketball spokesman J.D. Campbell indicated Monday morning that any conversations with the players about their future at IU are still ongoing.
“I don’t think they have finished end of season meetings yet so status unchanged,” Campbell said in a text message.
Henry Wofford of WTHR Channel 13 news reported Sunday night that Bassett and Ellis, according to sources, would be leaving IU’s program, but former IU basketball player A.J. Ratliff on the same broadcast disagreed with that report saying the two players have been thinking about transferring, but they still want to stay at Indiana.
“They are to meet with the coaches and staff because they were talking about transferring,” said Ratliff, who left IU’s team in mid-season for undisclosed personal problems and is now working as a basketball analyst for WTHR.
“They told me they were kind of skeptical about the coaching change and thinking about leaving,” Ratliff said. “But going to meet with the coaching staff (today) and get everything situated. But they do want to stay at Indiana.”
We will keep you updated with any further news about this situation.
Boy, I hope the committee is as quick as we are on this stuff.
(Just kidding, Rick.)
So…you remember the whole bit about the third-party contact method? The usage of intermediaries to get messages from school to perspective coach?
Well, Xavier’s Sean Miller has been informed, according to a source, through the back channels that Indiana will find a way to pay the $2 million buyout in his contract if he’s interested in becoming Kelvin Sampson’s replacement.
But, as of this afternoon, Miller had not officialy been approached by anyone from IU.
Which makes sense, since Tony Bennett apparently only just recently gave the answer the committee didn’t want to hear.
Publicly, Miller has already stated that he wants to stay at Xavier, where’s he’s been the coach since Thad Matta left for Ohio State.
“â€œI will be at Xavier,â€ Miller said after his team lost to UCLA Saturday. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to coaching at Xavier and continuing on with what weâ€™ve done for years behind me and what weâ€™ve done this year.â€
More on this story as we get it.
Â According to the Spokesman Review blog, Tony Bennett has decided not to pursue the Indiana opening. Read it here. (UPDATED at 6:35)
On a gloomy, rainy Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, there’s no news yet on whether Tony Bennett is interested in Indiana’s coaching job.
AfterÂ all the buzz yesterday,Â it wasn’t clear what we’d hear today. If Bennett isn’t interested in the IU coaching job, he isn’tÂ likely to announce that. Even if he does want the job, that doesn’t mean we’ll hear anything right away as negotiations take place.
But I didn’t expect it to be so quiet today as Indiana fans wait to hear further word about Bennett or other possible candidates. I have calls out toÂ people I know who areÂ connected to Bennett that I would normally expect to call me back, but haven’t heard from them. That must mean something.
We’re working to find out what’s happening today, but haven’t heardÂ anything significantÂ yet.
I was surprised last night to read that other media are reporting that Mike Montgomery and Lon Kruger are two potential candidates for the IU job if Bennett is not interested or if the reports of IU’s interest in Bennett turn out to be wrong.
My thought is that one of the biggest problems the IU athletic department faces is a lack of stability. Within the past decade, IU has had four athletic directors (and now Greenspan’s in hot water with many fans), four head footballÂ coaches andÂ soon will have its fourth head basketball coach. I can’t think of any otherÂ major college athleticÂ program with that much turnover in itsÂ most importantÂ positions.
Given that recent history, I’d question the wisdom of hiringÂ a 61-year-old coach in Montgomery (who’s been mentioned for this job for a while now)Â or the 55-year-old Kruger, who has had six different college head coaching jobs and has stayed longer than four years only once, and that was a six-year stint at Florida.
I’ve covered enough coaching searches for a while.Â Â Â
I agree with those who say IUÂ would be better offÂ hiringÂ a top young coach like Wright State’s 39-year-old Brad Brownell – even if he is unproven at IU’s level -Â and give himÂ time to build a program. BrownellÂ isn’t a big name nationally, but is a Hoosier native who seems capable and a good fit from everything I’ve heard and read about him.
I haveÂ heard from readers who think IU needs to make a big splashÂ with itsÂ hire. I don’tÂ see that.Â To me, the university needs to hireÂ aÂ coach who will do things right, put Indiana back as a perennial contender for Big Ten titles and stick around for a while.Â Â Â
Obviously, not everybody agrees with that. What do you think today about the reported potential candidates?Â Might Greenspan and Co. still pull a Sampson out of left field like last time? WillÂ the gloom disappearÂ in the upcoming hours and days?
Here’s what I learned from several sources today: some way, some how, Indiana has contacted Tony Bennett to begin the process of letting him know that it might be interested in having him coach the Hoosiers if he has any interest in doing so.
I don’t know that it has gotten any further than that.
We’ve posted below stories from two of the most noted national basketball writers in the country in Andy Katz and Jeff Goodman. Both have been quick to jump on this story (partially because they have been locked in a good old fashioned reporter’s duel for sometime now.) Anyway, to summarize, Goodman says the offer has been made. Katz says it hasn’t.
Now we’ve got Gary Parrish jumping into the fray, and his story sounds to me to be the most accurate. It’s the closest to what I’m hearing.
I’ll have more as this story develops.