If this is it…

  • 02/19/2008 8:00 am in

kelvinclose2.JPGI’ve got two words for you, Kelvin Sampson: Beat Purdue.

Give us one last night to root for you, even if it makes us all a bit hypocritical. Give us another night like Saturday, a night where one long standing media member told me it was the loudest he’s ever heard Assembly Hall. And most importantly, leave us with a chance to control our own destiny in the race for the Big Ten title.

When PostmanE, PostmanR and myself started Inside the Hall back in June, we did so not only out of our love of the Indiana basketball program and its tradition, but also because of our excitement of where the program was heading.

IU was finally past the debacle known as Mike Davis and despite your problems at Oklahoma, last season gave us hope that you were the man for the job. You took an average team and got them to play inspired, hard-nosed basketball. They pushed UCLA to the limit in the NCAA Tournament and by most accounts, it was the first in line of many successful seasons.

The excitement for this season started minutes after the last one ended with thoughts of Eric Gordon arriving in Bloomington. For me, that excitement intensified in August at New Albany High School when I got a look at the recruiting haul you were bringing to town. All was well in Hoosierland and thoughts of a trip to San Antonio danced in my head.

October brought the first sniff of controversy as Indiana announced secondary violations as part of an investigation by its compliance department. Most of us gave the staff the benefit of the doubt and Rob Senderoff took the fall for his involvement. No big deal in the whole scheme of things, right?

This season had been going well for the most part. Despite a lack of consistency on defense, the Hoosiers were 20-3 after their win at Ohio State on Feb. 10 and seemed to be playing well at the right time.

And then … well you know … all hell broke loose. It’s all been well documented, so there’s no need to go over it again. It is what it is.

You’re likely coaching your last game at Indiana tonight. Most Hoosier fans will have mixed emotions as they watch the game, whether they’re watching from the bleachers in the north end of Assembly Hall or at home on the couch with family and friends.

We wanted to see you succeed and bring Indiana back to the success it has always enjoyed. You had all of the tools at your disposal: support from the fan base, new facilities on the way and players that wanted to win for you.

Despite this, you chose to break the rules, either out of arrogance or stupidity. We may never know which. Somehow, someway, excessive phone calls were worth the risk of ruining the best coaching opportunity of your life.

So tonight we say goodbye to you, Kelvin Sampson. But before you go, one final request …

Beat Purdue.

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  • PRHoosier

    Has anyone heard anything about Scott Skiles as the next head coach? A friend out in Bloomington swears it’s a done deal.

  • PB

    Kelvin will do his job. As he said himself, it’s about the players.

    DJ, Eric, Lance, JaMarcus, Jordan, Armon, DeAndre, Mike, Kyle and everyone else….beat Purdue.

  • *pukes*

  • HoosierSmitty

    All I really care about tonight is beating Purdue into oblivion…that said…

    1.) I'm predicting a 7 point IU victory 71-64…A 94-50 smack down would be cool, but my dreams don't have a habit of coming true.
    2.) Sampson is our coach…at least for tonight. I'm just going to leave it at that for this game.
    3.) Finally…I love Indiana Basketball…as an IU fan I'm going to support whatever decision is made. I'll probably bitch and moan like most of us tend to do, regardless of the outcome, but in the end. I just love my Hoosiers. No other sports team can make me feel the range of emotions that I feel…and I'll defend the Hoosiers till the day I die. As fans and as a university, we will get through this…but yes, let's beat Purdue…

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    I hate to see him go but adults must be held accountable for their actions, (unless your black then you just blame whitey) Go Kelvin

  • I’ve heard it would be a horrible idea.

  • Damn, son. That’s not really that funny or appropriate (not that I’m the authority on either).

  • Did you ever read Damon Bailey’s autobiography? Skiles is not liked among the basketball alumni. This seriously might cause Kent Benson to flip out and kill people, ninja-style.

    Perhaps Skiles could hire Luke Recker and Lawrence Funderburke as assistant coaches.

    Ugh, what a horrible, horrible idea.

  • lance

    great article exactly tells how all of us hoosier fans feel right now but i really do think they should let him coach the rest of the year and see everything in june goes before they rush to a decision about what they should do but if you dont beat purdue kelvin i will be very very very pissed off

  • One time, Kent Benson totally flipped out and kicked my mom in the face.

    (realultimatepower.net)

  • kelin

    If IU doesn't beat Purdue I think KS should be fired on the Post Game show by Fish and Leary personally

    Here is my prediction…..
    IU 69 PU 59

    Player to watch: Deandre Thomas and you ready for this people? You will see Brandon McGhee tonite. It is an ideal game for him to play in given the matchups and he is playing against other frosh…….

    Please give me credit if it happens or blast me if I doesn't…..just got a gut feeling

  • Jerry

    You think Sampson is bad try Skiles

    1. MSU grad
    2. Jail time for marijuana was a plea deal because the most serious charge was cocaine
    3. Failed probabtion
    4. More jail time for DUI while on probation
    5. fired as coach for losing, KS has NEVER been fired for losing

    Are we running a drug rehab or a B-ball program ? He cannot be the face of the program after this. Dickie V wil have to trash us for 60 minutes in a 40 min game

  • HoosierSmitty

    It's just McGee….but we'll see

  • Jerry

    Helllo Bleeding

    From what I can tell a FAX is not a call unless it is prearranged then its a call

    Is a call to tell someone to turn on the fax machine considered prearranging a call ? A random email is not a call unless prearranged

    From what I read about the rules it seems very very difficult to be squeaky clean when it comes to calls ……….unless……….you stick to the pure vanilla idea that a “call” is voice only between 2 people

    Other areas of potential recruiting violations are clearer like, VISITS, COMPENSATION, CONTESTS, GRADES, CONTACTS, EVALUATIONS, MATERIALS USED etc

    DO you realize you have violated a rule if you use Powerpoint to present to the recruit ?

    I think we have all underestimated the challenge KS had to remain strictly inside all rules

  • Here are a few nuggets on tonight’s action from the folks at Pregame.com.

    Purdue has won 5 straight conference road games for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Boilermakers have never won 6 straight conference road games.

    The Hoosiers have posted an impressive 32-1 record when scoring 70 points or more under head coach Kelvin Sampson. Indiana may have trouble reaching that number, as Purdue is allowing just 60.5 points per game on the season.

    Purdue is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games overall.
    Purdue is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 road games.
    Purdue is 22-6 ATS in its last 28 games vs. Big Ten.
    Purdue is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana.

  • Here are a few nuggets from the folks at Pregame.com on tonight’s game.

    Purdue has won 5 straight conference road games for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Boilermakers have never won 6 straight conference road games.

    The Hoosiers have posted an impressive 32-1 record when scoring 70 points or more under head coach Kelvin Sampson. Indiana may have trouble reaching that number, as Purdue is allowing just 60.5 points per game on the season.

    Purdue is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games overall.
    Purdue is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 road games.
    Purdue is 22-6 ATS in its last 28 games vs. Big Ten.
    Purdue is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana.

  • CB in OR

    The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
    Bertrand Russell
    I don’t care that the majority of you seem to support the idea of firing Coach Sampson and hiring a interim coach. I have yet to hear that any single phone call gave IU an advantage and secured a LOI. Coach Sampson and Bill Belichick both lost 500k for their supposed infractions. Belichick lost a first round draft choice and Coach Sampson lost a scholarship. Belichick was voted Coach of the Ywar. Coach Sampson and qaall his assistant coaches and their wives abd children will swoon be unemployed. My further understanding is Coach Samps0n will not get a chance to explain or meet his accusers. I disagree and you’re an asswipe if you don’t agree with me LMAO

  • bleeding crimson

    CB,
    Well put.

    Not sure about the asswipes but I still like it. Here we are already naming names and no name has been better than KS. All the good ones are either taken or will not want to deal with our “supposed sanctions”. I’m sure though that IU will give us what we want. Just like he gave you KS.

    Funny, I wonder if IU has negotiated with Myles Brand to lessen the blow if we fire KS. If not, then why even consider the point. I think IU needs to hold its cards on this one a little long? I really have a hard time believing that we still won’t get slapped either way?
    bc

  • steve

    Is this it for him? What a way to go out if so. We have had a great two game run and maore to come I think. The games are not that tough other then Michigan State on the road. I still hope he stays till the end of the year.

  • steve

    Is this it for him? What a way to go out if so. We have had a great two game run and maore to come I think. The games are not that tough other then Michigan State on the road. I still hope he stays till the end of the year.