It sounds like Kelvin Sampson might be thinking about working in the NBA, which makes some sense because he probably can’t get a college job for a while because of his troubles with the NCAA.
The Indianapolis Star’s beat reporter for the Pacers Mike Wells ran into Sampson in San Antonio where the Pacers and Spurs played last night. In a 30-second interview, Sampson told Wells that he is spending time with the Spurs as an invited guest of coach Gregg Popovich.
“I’m just learning and watching (the NBA game),” Sampson said. “I’ve been in college my whole career.”
To read Well’s entire story, click here.
Hoosier walk-on Lydia Serfling is taking her time with it, but she’s gradually filling up Indiana’s season stats sheet.
Before Thursday’s 74-52 win over Northwestern, the Bloomington North alum had totaled 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 foul, and 1 turnover. Now, after playing a season-high seven minutes, she’s altered some more of the zeros on the eve of Friday’s quarterfinal tilt with Purdue, adding 1-of-2 shot attempts and recording her first two career points. She called for the ball from Jori Davis, caught it and stepped just inside the 3-point arc, nailing a jumper with 4:33 left in the game.
We just received news from IU that Hoosier quarterback Kellen Lewis has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. We'll follow up as we get more information.
One bit of information we have now from a source close to the program is that Ben Chappell is expected to be IU's No. 1 quarterback as spring football begins. Mitchell Evans, who played safety last year, will move back to quarterback and is expected to the No. 2 QB as spring ball begins. Redshirt freshman Teddy Schell is recovering from an injury, but I don't know what it is yet.
Here's the entire news release from IU:
KELLEN LEWIS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY
Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis has been suspended indefinitely from the football team.
"Kellen has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules," head coach Bill Lynch said. "He will not participate as we begin spring practice. Kellen needs time away from the program and we look forward to his return at some point in the future."
The Hoosiers begin spring practice on Tuesday, March 25.
I just spoke to Lawrence McGugins, who is Devin Ebanks’ AAU coach and a fixture in the New York basketball scene.
McGugins said that Ebanks, the 6-9 wing from Queens, has not invoked the clause in his letter of intent which allows him to break his scholarship agreement in the event that Kelvin Sampson is no longer the coach at Indiana.
“Out of respect to the university, we haven’t taken that path yet,” he said.
But McGugins has heard from about 25 schools inquiring about Ebanks’ availability, and it looks as though Ebanks and his advisers will consider four or five of those schools.
“Pretty much we’re just looking at the whole situation right now, trying to figure out what’s best,” he said. “Devin’s going to get back to me this weekend with a few schools to consider and we’ll give them a look. We’re not going to open it up crazy.”
McGugins has met with interim Indiana coach Dan Dakich, as has Ebanks and his mother, Yvonne Jackson.
“He did his job,” McGugins said. “He reached out, showed us what he is about.”
But ultimately, McGugins wants to make sure Ebanks is as comfortable with wherever he ends up playing college basketball as he was with Sampson’s program.
“We love the fans and think Indiana is a great opportunity,” he said. “But when things change, you have to do what is best for the kids.”
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Game 1 Final:
(7) Michigan 64, (10) Penn State 54
(7) Michigan vs. (2) Iowa, Friday, 11:30 a.m.
INDIANA (18-13) downs NORTHWESTERN (5-26), 74-52
HOOSIERS will face PURDUE on Friday at approximately 2 p.m.
Amber Jackson, 15 points, 7 rebounds
Jori Davis, 14 points, 3 steals
Whitney Thomas, 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists
Kim Roberson, 10 points
Jamie Braun, 5 assists, 3 steals
Jenny Eckhart, 13 points, 7 rebounds
Amy Jaeschke, 11 points, 8 rebounds
Savannah Stedman, 9 points, 5 rebounds
The first game of the Women’s Big Ten Tournament gets underway here at Conseco Fieldhouse, with Michigan squaring off against Penn State. We’ll see if Wolverine coach Kevin Borseth’s crazy rant last week after a close home loss to Wisconsin spurs on his troops.
The Hoosiers will meet Northwestern after the first game, a team they’ve already beat twice by a combined score of 158-111.
“At this time of the season, itâ€™s not about other teams. Itâ€™s about your program,” said Indiana coach Felisha Legette-Jack in Wednesday’s practice. “You do what you do, and youâ€™ve got to do what you do real well.”
Hoosier senor guard Nikki Smith desperately wants to make it all the way to Sunday’s championship game, a path that will include Purdue and possibly league co-champ Iowa. It’s her last go-around with the team, and she is sure that this year’s squad has the best chance in her four years to pull off the feat, something it hasn’t done since 2002. And she’d love to make that NCAA bracket.
“It makes it more exciting because thereâ€™s not just one team that you think will just dominate the whole entire tournament,” Smith said. “I think itâ€™s really up in the air this year.”
Smith, from Sylvania, Ohio, said she grew up around Michigan’s Jessica Minnfield, a junior from Toledo that starts at point guard. Though the two remain close, they haven’t talked since Indiana beat the Wolverines on Feb. 17, Think Pink Day at Assembly Hall. Not because the Hoosiers won, but because at this time of year, Smith said, you stick with your own teammates.
As for the six Hoosier freshmen experiencing the conference tourney for the first time, Smith as the team’s lone senior, had this to say about guidance and prepping them for the scene:
“Itâ€™s just something that you canâ€™t really prepare them for unless they experience it themselves.”