Highlights from Sampson’s weekly presser

  • 12/13/2007 4:40 pm in

sampson.jpgIndiana coach Kelvin Sampson addressed the media earlier today and gave us an update on Eric Gordon’s injury, Armon Bassett’s suspension, A.J. Ratliff’s return and an injury to Eli Holman. Here are some highlights of Sampson’s comments. The full transcript of the press conference is available here.

On the status of Eric Gordon:

“Eric has been good in practice this week. I fully expect him to play. He had not done anything to break a sweat since Monday night (vs. Tennessee State). I don’t think he went full court Tuesday; yesterday he went full court pretty good. It is just a matter of time. There were no broken bones. It was more discomfort and a really, really deep contusion. I think the more muscular you are, the more those hurt you.”

On the overall team effort in practice this week:

“Jordan, Jamarcus, all our guys, everybody has been practicing well. It will be interesting to see how we practice today and tomorrow because we have not worked on Western Carolina at all. But we will today. Coach Meyer has the scouting report. We will go over that today and break them down and see if we can’t play better Saturday.”

On the status of Eli Holman:

“I can tell you that he hurt his wrist. I don’t know (how bad the injury is). I know he went to get it x-rayed and it was not broken. But there may be some ligament damage in there. It is in a brace. We went early yesterday, I think it was 12:30, and it was toward the end. I worked him out individually before practice started for about 45 minutes, just he and I. And he had a really good practice. I didn’t see the play. I know that after practice Tim (Garl) took him to the hospital and then Tim text me after to say it is not broken but thought he had some ligament damage. We just have to wait and see how serious it is.”

On the suspension of Armon Bassett:

“Game to game. We’ll see. He had got some work to do. He won’t play Saturday and we will just have to wait to see about the following Saturday.”

On whether or not A.J. Ratliff will play on Saturday:

“Depends on if he gets his classes in. He has a lot of stuff that has to be in. The academic part of it, through the NCAA and forces that be up on campus with the registrar and get all his grades recorded, we just have to wait on that. You know, I talked to our academic people a long time this morning. I would be the wrong guy to try and explain that.”

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  • MPmike

    I know this is off topic, however, The story on Bud Mackey enrolling in a high school in Georgia is not correct. The Principal at the school had never heard of Bud Mackey when asking about the star player from Georgetown, KY. Mackey or his family could not be reached.

  • MPmike

    I know this is off topic, however, The story on Bud Mackey enrolling in a high school in Georgia is not correct. The Principal at the school had never heard of Bud Mackey when asking about the star player from Georgetown, KY. Mackey or his family could not be reached.

  • MPmike

    I know this is off topic, however, The story on Bud Mackey enrolling in a high school in Georgia is not correct. The Principal at the school had never heard of Bud Mackey when asking about the star player from Georgetown, KY. Mackey or his family could not be reached.

  • David

    Let’s hope Ratliff can play Saturday and get in three games before Big Ten play kicks off.

  • David

    Let’s hope Ratliff can play Saturday and get in three games before Big Ten play kicks off.

  • David

    Let’s hope Ratliff can play Saturday and get in three games before Big Ten play kicks off.

  • MPMIKE,

    I realize the Mackey story isn’t true. I was just relaying the info from the printed story in the Georgetown paper.

    Sounds like Mr. Mackey had a little problem running his mouth before the fact to a reporter who took the story and ran with it.

  • MPMIKE,

    I realize the Mackey story isn’t true. I was just relaying the info from the printed story in the Georgetown paper.

    Sounds like Mr. Mackey had a little problem running his mouth before the fact to a reporter who took the story and ran with it.

  • MPMIKE,

    I realize the Mackey story isn’t true. I was just relaying the info from the printed story in the Georgetown paper.

    Sounds like Mr. Mackey had a little problem running his mouth before the fact to a reporter who took the story and ran with it.

  • Jon

    To continue off-topic gossip . . .

    Does anyone know if there is any credence in this ugly bit of gossip floating around today?:

    http://www.cobrabrigade.com/2007/12/sampson_gone.php

  • Jon

    To continue off-topic gossip . . .

    Does anyone know if there is any credence in this ugly bit of gossip floating around today?:

    http://www.cobrabrigade.com/2007/12/sampson_gone.php

  • BB

    Don’t give any credence to that cobrabrigade crap. That was on the scout board two days ago and I like commented on that terrible other site:

    If this suspension rumor was true, why would Sampson stagger the suspensions into the big ten season. We have three cupcakes lined up but we are just going to suspend 6 guys in a row throughout the season and during much bigger games. Great thought guys.

    And this is the 20th time Sampson has been on thin ice according to these rumors. Until the NCAA does something none of these Sampson rumors have a chance. But hey listen to Illini fans and they are going to announce a postseason ban for secondary violations tomorrow

  • BB

    Don’t give any credence to that cobrabrigade crap. That was on the scout board two days ago and I like commented on that terrible other site:

    If this suspension rumor was true, why would Sampson stagger the suspensions into the big ten season. We have three cupcakes lined up but we are just going to suspend 6 guys in a row throughout the season and during much bigger games. Great thought guys.

    And this is the 20th time Sampson has been on thin ice according to these rumors. Until the NCAA does something none of these Sampson rumors have a chance. But hey listen to Illini fans and they are going to announce a postseason ban for secondary violations tomorrow

  • Luke

    Every day there is a different rumor and I’m sick of it. They have all been FALSE about Sampson being fired and will be FALSE until somthing comes out from the NCAA. So everyone just forget about the STUPID RUMORS!

  • Luke

    Every day there is a different rumor and I’m sick of it. They have all been FALSE about Sampson being fired and will be FALSE until somthing comes out from the NCAA. So everyone just forget about the STUPID RUMORS!

  • ray

    just thought i would put my two cents in the bucket over at the amature blog, and decided to share it here with the pros.

    from an earlier post at http://www.cobrabrigade.com/2007/12/sampson_gone.php

    From: ray

    this is the first and last time i will post on this site. by looking at the posts already provided i can tell how this will all work (i post my comments and opinions only to be told that i’m wrong…then, i’m given the same response they’ve been giving others throughout…that being, “my buddy knows because he used to smoke weed with an iu athlete” and “how could we be wrong when we made one other prediction”). that said, i did find it somewhat humorous that people are getting worked up over allegations made by a couple of foul-mouthed, weed-smoking, rumor-spreading folks who have a “contact”. they’re a bunch of buddies posting back and forth to boost one another’s ego by giving one another props for telling the world that someone who is sick may die. wow guys, thanks for your medical wisdom and going out on a limb. it is true that athletes do wrongful things and they are apparently aware that it “happens all the time”, so why are they making such a big deal out of this? the answer…they are caught up in the “if it bleeds, it leads” media frenzy desperately searching for a way to get everyone excited. well, sorry guys but i’m not. how are a couple of bloggers like you going to know about this when the true media (we all know how hungry they are for headlines) have nothing to tell? by the way…for those of you interested, bigA and the guys at “inside the hall” have a clean and legit blog site for iu fans that is worth reading.

    Posted on: December 14, 2007 11:30 PM

  • ray

    just thought i would put my two cents in the bucket over at the amature blog, and decided to share it here with the pros.

    from an earlier post at http://www.cobrabrigade.com/2007/12/sampson_gone.php

    From: ray

    this is the first and last time i will post on this site. by looking at the posts already provided i can tell how this will all work (i post my comments and opinions only to be told that i’m wrong…then, i’m given the same response they’ve been giving others throughout…that being, “my buddy knows because he used to smoke weed with an iu athlete” and “how could we be wrong when we made one other prediction”). that said, i did find it somewhat humorous that people are getting worked up over allegations made by a couple of foul-mouthed, weed-smoking, rumor-spreading folks who have a “contact”. they’re a bunch of buddies posting back and forth to boost one another’s ego by giving one another props for telling the world that someone who is sick may die. wow guys, thanks for your medical wisdom and going out on a limb. it is true that athletes do wrongful things and they are apparently aware that it “happens all the time”, so why are they making such a big deal out of this? the answer…they are caught up in the “if it bleeds, it leads” media frenzy desperately searching for a way to get everyone excited. well, sorry guys but i’m not. how are a couple of bloggers like you going to know about this when the true media (we all know how hungry they are for headlines) have nothing to tell? by the way…for those of you interested, bigA and the guys at “inside the hall” have a clean and legit blog site for iu fans that is worth reading.

    Posted on: December 14, 2007 11:30 PM

  • ray

    back to coach sampson’s hoosiers…i’m excited about the return of ratliff. i hope they proceed quickly enough with all the necessary paper work to see the naptown native back on the court. glad to hear ej is back, but i hope they only play him if he is 100% (or very near)…they’ll need him much worse in the weeks to come. too bad to hear about eli, does anyone know if he can still claim a medical redshirt? no more playing time than he is receiving i’m not so sure that isn’t in his best interest anyway. although that added depth may be more necessary than i think during the long conference season.

  • ray

    back to coach sampson’s hoosiers…i’m excited about the return of ratliff. i hope they proceed quickly enough with all the necessary paper work to see the naptown native back on the court. glad to hear ej is back, but i hope they only play him if he is 100% (or very near)…they’ll need him much worse in the weeks to come. too bad to hear about eli, does anyone know if he can still claim a medical redshirt? no more playing time than he is receiving i’m not so sure that isn’t in his best interest anyway. although that added depth may be more necessary than i think during the long conference season.

  • ray

    back to coach sampson’s hoosiers…i’m excited about the return of ratliff. i hope they proceed quickly enough with all the necessary paper work to see the naptown native back on the court. glad to hear ej is back, but i hope they only play him if he is 100% (or very near)…they’ll need him much worse in the weeks to come. too bad to hear about eli, does anyone know if he can still claim a medical redshirt? no more playing time than he is receiving i’m not so sure that isn’t in his best interest anyway. although that added depth may be more necessary than i think during the long conference season.