Every game this season, Dan Dakich has spent his time prior to games working with the team.
Now that he is the interim head coach, that has not changed. He was seen on the floor at Welsh-Ryan as the players stretched and took shots earlier.
Here at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Indiana’s players are working through their first pre-game shoot around since Kelvin Sampson resigned.
They have written the letters KS on their shoes.
As Indiana’s team bus prepares to leave Assembly Hall on its way to the Bloomington airport at 10 a.m. Saturday, all of the Hoosier players are there to make the trip for tonight’s game at Northwestern.
So IU will have a full squad for Dan Dakich’s first game as head coach.
We’re driving to Evanston and will be leaving shortly. Please join us tonight for live analysis of the game and discussion of where this team is headed after the turmoil of losing coach Kelvin Sampson.
Two players who have signed with Indiana to join the basketball team next season had clauses in their letters of intent that would allow for them to be released should Kelvin Sampson no longer be the coach, Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan said during his Friday evening press conference.
Those two players are Devin Ebanks, a 6-8 forward currently playing at a prep school in Connecticut, and Terrell Holloway, a 6-0 point guard playing at a Cincinnati Prep School, according to associate athletic director Grace Calhoun.
The two other signees â€” Tom Pritchard and Matt Roth â€” would have to be released by IU from their letters. Calhoun said she hopes that interim coach Dan Dakich and the next coach at Indiana can work to convince all four members of the recruiting class to stay committed to the Hoosiers.
That’s it. We’ll be headed back to the office soon to work on our stories about this long, strange day for the IU basketball program.
Here’s one I missed from earlier in the press conference: Greenspan was asked if he thinks his job is in jeopardy. He said he doesn’t know and that no one has said anything to him about that.
One or two of the recruits in IU’s 2008 recruiting class have provisions in their letters of intent to allow them to choose a different school if IU changes its coach, Greenspan said. He said he doesn’t know which recruits and that it will be up to the coaching staff to reach out to them now.
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The report that D.J. White would be here is incorrect. Rick Greenspan and Robin Green-Harris of Ice Miller will be at the mic.
We’re not certain of this information, but we’ve heard that D.J. White and Ray McCallum will join Rick Greenspan at the microphone for the press conference that — finally — is expected to get started in about 10 minutes.
With the buyout of Sampson’ contract, it seems highly likely that IU has been working before this press conference to make sure the players are on board for tomorrow’s game. If D.J. is here, that would seem to make it a certainty that things have been worked out.
We’ll keep you posted.