Rumor Alert: After one-week investigation, Sampson suspension likely

  • 02/14/2008 9:03 pm in

fleetwoodmacrumors.jpgRumor. Repeat: rumor. This is merely what we’re hearing from a friend, a friend who also happens to be relatively well-connected, and this is what we’re getting. If the rumor’s wrong, then we’re wrong, and we’ll be the first to admit it.

The rumor is this: IU is currently conducting a one-week investigation — and investigation might just mean “window to decide” — what they’re going to do about Kelvin Sampson. That itself is not inherently new, but the more tenuous bit is that officials are leaning toward suspending Sampson. That’s the second time we’ve heard today from relatively well-connected people that the reaction is leaning toward “non-drastic.”

Also: Supposedly, there’s a press conference tomorrow at 3 p.m. That makes sense, considering the bright glare of ESPN’s cameras will be on campus Saturday, and the squeaky clean press machine that is IU media relations probably doesn’t want uncertainty to dominate the story.

So, to recap: Just a rumor(s). What we’re hearing. What’s in the grapevine. All that. Take it with as many grains of salt as you so desire. But we probably wouldn’t be running an IU blog right now if we decided not to pass this along.

Update: Terry Hutchens reports that IU orders investigation, seeks recommendation quickly.

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  • JamesHardy

    I guess this is the most logical decision right now to prevent the Jesse, Al and the rest of the rainbow coalition from beating down Dr. McRobbie's door. I just don't want to see that piece of shit on the sideline when we play Purdue. If he is…i may just …what the hell am I thinkin…GOD THIS SUCKS! Just get rid of him already!

  • ZachH

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?A

    The latest and greatest, courtesy of the IndyStar.

  • Big10Man

    So does this mean he will be suspended and is not in danger of losing his job? Or is the suspension temporary and he still may be fired?

  • DavidC

    Wait…is it a rumor or rumors?

  • kelin

    Here is some Peeerfeeect news…….

    I'm really concerned,” said Stephan Van Treese, the state's top-ranked junior and one of the nationally ranked players in his class considering Indiana.

    “If they have violations that they can't go to the tournament, why would I want to go there? The main thing I want to do when I go to college is play in the tournament. I think a lot of players feel the same way. A lot of people won't want to go there if they can't go to the postseason.”

    Not to mention….Dominique Ferguson, probaly one of the states top sophs, is Van Treese teammate and is an IU potential recruit……all 6'9 of him!

    Just gets better and better………

  • Hoosier_Hound

    This “IU orders new investigation” stuff is bullshit. They got the report from the NCAA last Friday. What the hell have they been doing all week? Apparently they were all sitting around with their thumbs up their rears until it got leaked on Tuesday night and the ensuing storm kicked their asses into gear. Why did it take until today (day seven since the report) to have an all day meeting to decide what to do? Shouldn't that day have been last Saturday? This is just flipping ridiculous, and the longer it drags out, the worse it makes everything.

  • peaychris

    this entire administration sucks. i really wanted RMK (in my fantasy world) to come strolling in on his white horse and save the IU faithful, but the way this admin is handling the current situation if i were knight i would touch IU with a 10 ft pole!

  • Trav B

    I'll co-sign this. This makes us look pathetic. I'll be damn if I want that distraction, i.e. Sampson, on the sidelines. We need to name an interim coach and let the kids focus on the game. The pieces are there, and we can still make this a special year on the court.

  • BrianK

    It sucks the way things are going but they can't outright fire him without triple checking all their bases. Remember Ohio st. got into some crap because of doing it. They gotta check every loop whole in contract language to make sure they don't get sued. After Knight and a couple of other assistants suing them that cuts into money for new coaches. They know if they cut him loose before doing this ESPN and the mainstream will turn around and start questioning them about it and try and sensationalize that instead.

  • Quincy

    I agree with Hoosier Hound, The admin. has been sitting on this for a week. Plus the fans and admin. has had this 900 lb. gorilla sitting there since Oct. We knew this could possible happen. And where is the focus for Mich St. & PU?.. Ill bet KS is talking to lawyers, not preparing for a possible big ten champ. Oh well, thats probably out the door now anyway. There will be some ticked off fans come Sat. night, and I will be one of them!…

  • kelin

    They had just cause before this to fire his ass, but I am for certain they can suspend him which they should. You are the featured game on Saturday and the game is NOT the feature………so what happens, this is the publicity IU admin gets for the university on National television AGAIN and another black eye on the entire university, athletics, and recruits……screw the game it is all about KS.

    Suspend him, control this firestorm for saturday and focus on DJ, EJ, Armon and the team v. MSU…………THEY NEED this win more than ever now. You have 2 guys with D1 coaching experience on the bench…….it is not that hard.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I continue to say this, but I feel horrible for our players, especially DJ and Armon.

    DJ stuck it out when Sampson walked through the door, and he's been loyal to the Indiana Hoosiers. He could have pulled a Robert Vaden and left (no disrepsect to Vaden…I respected his decision).

    Armon was going to transfer before even coming here when Sampson got hired and he convinced him to stick around. And for what? To deal with more adversity? Second to DJ, Armon is the next guy to really make this team tick. We need his emotion and intensity.

    Instead of DJ being solely talked about alongside the greatest big men in IU history, there is this cloud the hangs over the program during his time as a Hoosier.

    You can't help but imagine Armon is thinking “What was I thinking?” when he decided to stay.

    I just feel like Sampson served the players, fans and administration a bunch of Kool-Aid and we drank it up. I'm tired of making excuses for our coach. He screwed up and if he's going to get his act together, it's not going to be at IU.

    The administration is now falling all over itself to figure out what to do. Haven't we had some kind of plan since October? Since last Friday at least? I mean seriously, it's like we're surprised we just got punched in the face after insulting someone's mother.

  • BrianK

    It sucks the way things are going but they can't outright fire him without triple checking all their bases. Remember Ohio st. got into some crap because of doing it. They gotta check every loop whole in contract language to make sure they don't get sued. After Knight and a couple of other assistants suing them that cuts into money for new coaches. They know if they cut him loose before doing this ESPN and the mainstream will turn around and start questioning them about it and try and sensationalize that instead.

  • Quincy

    I agree with Hoosier Hound, The admin. has been sitting on this for a week. Plus the fans and admin. has had this 900 lb. gorilla sitting there since Oct. We knew this could possible happen. And where is the focus for Mich St. & PU?.. Ill bet KS is talking to lawyers, not preparing for a possible big ten champ. Oh well, thats probably out the door now anyway. There will be some ticked off fans come Sat. night, and I will be one of them!…

  • kelin

    They had just cause before this to fire his ass, but I am for certain they can suspend him which they should. You are the featured game on Saturday and the game is NOT the feature………so what happens, this is the publicity IU admin gets for the university on National television AGAIN and another black eye on the entire university, athletics, and recruits……screw the game it is all about KS.

    Suspend him, control this firestorm for saturday and focus on DJ, EJ, Armon and the team v. MSU…………THEY NEED this win more than ever now. You have 2 guys with D1 coaching experience on the bench…….it is not that hard.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I continue to say this, but I feel horrible for our players, especially DJ and Armon.

    DJ stuck it out when Sampson walked through the door, and he's been loyal to the Indiana Hoosiers. He could have pulled a Robert Vaden and left (no disrepsect to Vaden…I respected his decision).

    Armon was going to transfer before even coming here when Sampson got hired and he convinced him to stick around. And for what? To deal with more adversity? Second to DJ, Armon is the next guy to really make this team tick. We need his emotion and intensity.

    Instead of DJ being solely talked about alongside the greatest big men in IU history, there is this cloud the hangs over the program during his time as a Hoosier.

    You can't help but imagine Armon is thinking “What was I thinking?” when he decided to stay.

    I just feel like Sampson served the players, fans and administration a bunch of Kool-Aid and we drank it up. I'm tired of making excuses for our coach. He screwed up and if he's going to get his act together, it's not going to be at IU.

    The administration is now falling all over itself to figure out what to do. Haven't we had some kind of plan since October? Since last Friday at least? I mean seriously, it's like we're surprised we just got punched in the face after insulting someone's mother.