Indiana University spokesman Larry MacIntyre has confirmed to the H-T that Kelvin Sampson accepted a $750,000 buy out today.
Dan Dakich is now the head coach of the Indiana men’s basketball team.
We’re still expecting a press conference some time today.
Apparently ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting over the air that Kelvin Sampson has reached a buy out with Indiana University for $750,000. Dan Dakich â€” as expected and as demonstrated in practice today â€” will become the interim coach.
The Herald-Times has learned that Sampson originally rejected an offer of $300,000 either last night or early this morning. It appears that much of today has been spent haggling over the numbers.
More to come . . .
It’s 6:15 p.m. and more than 50 reporters, photographers and TV camera-people are waiting for the arrival of Rick Greenspan for this long-rumored press conference.
The latest information we have is that Greenspan will be here, but IU president Michael McRobbie will not be for this announcement that will make it official that Kelvin Sampson is no longer IU’s basketball coach.
Some members of the press have been here in the Hoosier Room at Memorial Stadium all afternoon. We don’t have any word at this point of when the press conference will start. In fact, we still have no official word that there will even be a press conference.
But with more than a dozen TV cameras lined up here, I can’t imagine we won’t see Greenspan at some point. The question is when.
The most likely reason for the delay at this point appears to be that Greenspan is part of whatever effort is underway to address the unrest with IU’s players that resulted in six of them not attending practice today.
IU’s players are still in Assembly Hall, according to our reporters who just left there. President Michael McRobbie is expected to meet with the players as is Sampson tonight.
Assuming our Web connection continues to work in this cave of a room underneath the football stadium, we’ll provide written live updates from the press conference, in addition to the live video feed at HoosiersHQ.com that’s also linked here.
The press conference for IU’s announcement regarding Kelvin Sampson will be broadcast live on HoosiersHQ.com.
Dan Dakich is coaching IU’s basketball team in practice, but a number of the key Hoosier players are not there.
As far as we can tell, D.J. White, Jamarcus Ellis, Armon Bassett, Jordan Crawford, DeAndre Thomas and Brandon McGee are not at practice. That leaves IU with seven players practicing and six not there.
We don’t know exactly what that means, but it seems ominous after the reports today that players have been talking about a walk-out for Saturday’s game at Northwestern. There has been no official word on who will be available for that game.
The players who are practicing are playing against team managers. Dakich told the players that it is important that the players finish what Kelvin Sampson started this season.
Assistant coach Jeff Meyer is participating in the practice. Assistant coach Ray McCallum is not there.
After all the talk and reports today about press conferences, an IU official has told us a press conference is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m.
We are expecting that IU will announce that Kelvin Sampson has resigned and accepted a buyout package – as the university appeared to be working on this afternoon – or that he has been suspended as part of a recommendation to fire him. An IU trustee said this afternoon that it was his understanding negotiations with Sampson were still underway and were possibly the reason for delaying an announcement.
We’ll update this story as details can be confirmed.
A family member of a Hoosier player has confirmed the reports that Indiana players have at least had some conversations about not playing against Northwestern Saturday because they’re upset about coach Kelvin Sampson losing his job.
That could be primarily the emotion of the moment driving that sentiment, but we’ll keep checking on this story tonight.
We don’t know what this means, but assistant coach Ray McCallum and his wife entered the area of Assembly Hall where Rick Greenspan’s offices are more than half an hour ago and are still there are far as we can tell.
We also saw several players show up at Assembly Hall in mid-afternoon – including Kyle Taber, Lance Stemler, Eli Holman and Brett Finkelmeier – but we’re not sure if today’s scheduled practice is happening or not.