Doug Wilson and I will be in our usual spot on Thursday at 11 a.m. for our weekly online discussion.
We can talk Hoosiers basketball, men’s or women’s, or football signing day or Kelvin Sampson (Doug is reuniting with the old coach in Indianapolis tonight in what will surely be an emotional night for both of them.)Â Whatever you want.
Kelvin Sampson just received the reception you’d expect in his public return to Indiana — plenty of booing as he walked onto the court at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The volume of that response, however, was less than it might have been because there are at most a few thousand fans on hand for tonight’s game between the Pacers and Bucks.
Before the game, Sampson spoke for a few minutes with reporters. Here’s part of that discussion, courtesy of the AP’s Mike Marot. Having to push and coax a rental car inch-by-inch up an icy slope (OK, my driveway) for about 45 minutes, I got to Conseco just after Sampson said the following:
“To this day, I wish some things had been done differently. I get a little dumbfounded with how things go. To this day, I still think I’m a good person and my parents are around and they think I’m a good person.”
Do you plan to return to college coaching?
“I’ve not really thought about that. Probably not. I’m committed to the NBA, so probably not.”
On what happened with IU’s NCAA violations:
“There was no scheme or nobody sitting around and trying to get away with anything. A lot of people have paid for the mistakes, but Tom Crean is a good coach and IU will be fine. Tom Crean will lead the team to championships.”
Why appeal your NCAA penalties if you don’t plan on coaching in college again?
“Because I think they were wrong. They were wrong in every way. If I didn’t think they were wrong, I wouldn’t have appealed.”
Indiana Hoosiers (5-13, 0-6) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-7, 2-5)
at Welsh-Ryan Arena – 8,117 (Evanston, Ill.)
January 28, 8:30 EST
Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Steve Smith), IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary, Joe Smith)
HoosiersHQ coverage (subscription required)
If you were still pondering joining the Win Wagon to Columbus, Ohio, for Sunday’s women’s basketball game, turns out the wagon is full. According to IU media relations, the bus (seats approx. 55) sold out in 72 hours, so the Hoosiers should have some strong support when they take on the first-place Buckeyes.
Of course, there’s still time to attend Thursday’s home game against Penn State. No reservation required.
Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean and athletic director Fred Glass are scheduled to appear Tuesday night at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago.
Tied at 33 midway through the second half, Illinois went on a 12-0 run that was too much for the Indiana women’s basketball team to overcome. It was one of those days for the Hoosiers (14-4, 7-2), who shot a dreadful 28.6 percent from the field in the game. Illinois matched that in the first half, but hit nearly 58 percent in the second half to pull away.
The Illini got 24 points and 15 rebounds from 6-foot-3 center Jenna Smith, while Jori Davis led IU with 14 points. Amber Jackson was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 10.