SI’s Seth Davis breaks down Hoosiers, sanctions

  • 10/20/2007 11:03 am in

davis.jpgThere’s been no shortage of articles addressing Kelvin Sampson and the IU program over the last six days. Most have rehashed the same thing over and over, but Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated (he’s also a studio analyst for CBS) hit the jackpot yesterday when he penned a column on the current state of the Hoosiers.

Davis gave us a little bit of everything, including some candid thoughts from Sampson regarding recent comments made by former players Kent Benson, Ted Kitchel and Joe Hillman.

Here are some of the highlights:

Sampson on the former players and their recent comments:

“Whatever the former players say is fine with me, because this is their program. I’m just coaching it right now.”

Sampson on his reputation:

“My reputation will take a hit. But you know what? It should, because I’m the leader of this program and this is my responsibility.”

On Jordan Crawford:

“Jordan Crawford is the best player out here,” he announced at one point. “He’s like a stallion that hasn’t been broken yet.”

He also revealed the Sampson has received calls of support from Pat Graham, Calbert Cheaney, Todd Leary and Larry Bird. That’s an impressive list.

We’ve heard about Jordan Crawford all summer from other players and the media, but this is further confirmation that he’ll make an immediate impact. The one time I saw Crawford he was very raw, but I felt that his length and athleticism would net him significant playing time from day one. With Crawford, Jamarcus Ellis, Armon Bassett and Eric Gordon, A.J. Ratliff could have a hard time finding minutes upon his return.

Davis’s fearless prediction for the Hoosiers is a Big Ten title and beyond that, a tough out in the third or fourth round.

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  • kelin

    Seth Davis is the smartest man in American History. ….

    Jordan Crawford, as I said before is the WILD of WILD cards for IU and AJ you picked a bad time to mess in school. I think AJ will still play a solid role defensively but I am not sure if he will be missed a ton. Can’t wait for the Illinois game …Jordan vs. Jordan

  • kelin

    Seth Davis is the smartest man in American History. ….

    Jordan Crawford, as I said before is the WILD of WILD cards for IU and AJ you picked a bad time to mess in school. I think AJ will still play a solid role defensively but I am not sure if he will be missed a ton. Can’t wait for the Illinois game …Jordan vs. Jordan

  • bootsie white

    Seth Davis a good guy to have on your side.

  • bootsie white

    Seth Davis a good guy to have on your side.

  • rambit

    I’m glad to c that at least some of the former players has some common sense. As for benson, i wonder if he would care to comment on his days at iu
    in the classroom. Different people have told me that were in classes with him, have told me that benson had to be given his grades, as he was far from the brighest bulb in the package. I bet kent ol boy wouldnt care to comment on that subject.

  • rambit

    I’m glad to c that at least some of the former players has some common sense. As for benson, i wonder if he would care to comment on his days at iu
    in the classroom. Different people have told me that were in classes with him, have told me that benson had to be given his grades, as he was far from the brighest bulb in the package. I bet kent ol boy wouldnt care to comment on that subject.

  • rambit

    I’m glad to c that at least some of the former players has some common sense. As for benson, i wonder if he would care to comment on his days at iu
    in the classroom. Different people have told me that were in classes with him, have told me that benson had to be given his grades, as he was far from the brighest bulb in the package. I bet kent ol boy wouldnt care to comment on that subject.

  • rambit

    I’m glad to c that at least some of the former players has some common sense. As for benson, i wonder if he would care to comment on his days at iu
    in the classroom. Different people have told me that were in classes with him, have told me that benson had to be given his grades, as he was far from the brighest bulb in the package. I bet kent ol boy wouldnt care to comment on that subject.

  • kelin

    Interesting that Mike White is the most improved…How BIG would that be…..

  • kelin

    Interesting that Mike White is the most improved…How BIG would that be…..

  • phillip

    When Calbert Cheaney speaks, I listen…

  • phillip

    When Calbert Cheaney speaks, I listen…

  • PMK

    While realizing what a random question this is….Where is the “corner store across the street from Assembly Hall”? Did Sampson take Seth Davis to the Village Pantry for lunch? In all seriousness I have no clue where they could have possibly eaten. Any thoughts?

  • PMK

    While realizing what a random question this is….Where is the “corner store across the street from Assembly Hall”? Did Sampson take Seth Davis to the Village Pantry for lunch? In all seriousness I have no clue where they could have possibly eaten. Any thoughts?

  • PMK

    While realizing what a random question this is….Where is the “corner store across the street from Assembly Hall”? Did Sampson take Seth Davis to the Village Pantry for lunch? In all seriousness I have no clue where they could have possibly eaten. Any thoughts?

  • PMK

    While realizing what a random question this is….Where is the “corner store across the street from Assembly Hall”? Did Sampson take Seth Davis to the Village Pantry for lunch? In all seriousness I have no clue where they could have possibly eaten. Any thoughts?

  • PMK

    While realizing what a random question this is….Where is the “corner store across the street from Assembly Hall”? Did Sampson take Seth Davis to the Village Pantry for lunch? In all seriousness I have no clue where they could have possibly eaten. Any thoughts?

  • Zach

    My guess is the Convenient Mart on 17th and Dunn.

  • Zach

    My guess is the Convenient Mart on 17th and Dunn.