Former IU president Adam Herbert gave an exclusive interview to the Jacksonville Times Union Monday about the decision to hire Kelvin Sampson.
Jacksonville has been described as Herbert’s adopted hometown after he lived there for 15 years and was very active in civic causes such as bringing the Jacksonville Jaquars to town, before moving to Bloomington in 2003. But Herbert’s actual hometown is Muskogee, Okla.
In the interview, Herbert tells a story that appears to be different than the one that’s been making its way around IU basketball circles. The rumor has been that Herbert was the driving force behind hiring Sampson.
While Herbert doesn’t address that rumor directly in Monday’s interview, he does say that athletic director Rick Greenspan recommended Sampson as one of three or four finalists, and that ultimately Greenspan recommended to hire Sampson, and Herbert concurred.
Here is a long Herbert quote from Herbert in a blog entry by sports columnist Gene Frenette that gives an extended version of his story about the hiring process:
Herbert: “In this case, the AD developed the list of candidates to be considered. He initiated the appropriate background checks [of the candidates]. He hired a consultant to help us. No one knew who was on our final list of candidates. The AD went through the process of narrowing the list to three or four people, with the help of a consultant. Because of the significance of basketball in this state and the issue raised about NCAA sanctions [in Sampson's case], I asked two members of the Board of Trustees to review the process.
Monday’s win at home over No. 18 Ohio State puts Indiana into a three-way tie for fourth in the Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers (16-12, 9-7) trail the Buckeyes, Iowa, and Purdue, and are locked with Michigan and Minnesota, who they meet in Minneapolis on Thursday. The top five seeds in the conference tournament get a first-round bye, so that’s something to shoot for, and every projection I’ve seen has four teams from the Big Ten making the NCAA Tournament, so that definitely is too.
INDIANA (16-12, 9-7) upsets No. 18 OHIO STATE (20-7, 11-5), 69-61
The Hoosiers end a streak of eight straight wins by the Buckeyes in this series, and at the same time put a huge damper on thoughts of an outright conference title for Ohio State, which is trying to win its fourth consecutive regular season crown. JORI DAVIS returns from an injury after 12 games out and is a HUGE factor in the win, making some gamebreaking plays in the overtime to seal the deal.
Nathan from Evansville is pleased that Dakich went to a four guard set with D.J. White in the middle.
Dakich made the adjustment because the officials were calling fouls and he liked the option of four guys driving.
Question: Was Dakich more nervous before guarding Jordan or before Saturday night?
“Both of em were exciting things, thrilling things. I don’t know if nervous was the right word, but certainly you’re anxious.”
Last bit: Dakich’s scouting report on OSU is that when IU played there last game, IU felt as though it had really handled the Buckeyes. But after watching film recently, Dakich figured out that it was a much closer game. And the Buckeyes have had some lousy luck down the stretch with hitting clutch buckets. So he expects a tough game tomorrow night.
One of the most devastating implications to the end of the Kelvin Sampson era in Bloomington may still yet to be seen.
At this point, it’s hard to tell. There’s four members of Indiana’s 2008 class who are now left with a decision of whether or not to come and play for a coach they didn’t originally sign with. Devin Ebanks, Terrell Holloway, Matt Roth and Tom Pritchard all planned on coming to Indiana to play for Kelvin Sampson.
Now Sampson’s out, and Dan Dakich is in (for now at least). Athletic Director Rick Greenspan announced Friday that Indiana intends on honoring the clause in two of the letters of intent that allows those players to be released if Sampson was no longer the coach. Associate Athletic Director Grace Calhoun confirmed after the press conference that indeed Ebanks and Holloway are those two. Ebanks, a 5-star prospect according to Rivals.com, is the signature recruit of the class.
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H-T reporter James Boyd has obtained a copy of IU’s separation agreement with Kelvin Sampson through an open records law request.
The agreement stipulates that in return for a $750,000 buyout of his contract, Sampson waives all rights to other compensation under the contract and agrees not to sue IU or hinder the coaching staff in working the team. He must also cooperate with the IU regarding the NCAA’s investigation.
Although the agreement is signed, Sampson has until Friday to get out of it, if he chooses.
Here’s a PDF of the agreement: Sampson separation agreement
For subscribers, you can read James’ story about the agreement on HoosiersHQ.com by clicking here.