We’ll get the chat started about 6:45. A couple of quick notes first:
Former Indiana wide receiver/outfielder and current Cincinnati Reds prospect Andrew Means has been invited to the NFL combine.
The Combine — which has a longer, fancier name that no one uses — will be held Feb. 20-26 in Indy. Players run, jump, lift weights and take tests while pro scouts swarm.Â We’ll be sure to have a reporter there to cover the fun.
Game starts at 8:30. Chat should be up and running around 8ish.
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.”
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)
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