IU spokesman: reports of firing untrue

  • 02/21/2008 3:47 pm in

kelvin432.jpgWe’ve been following the Kelvin Sampson story closely all day and the latest development is via our friends at The Hoosier Scoop. In reaction to Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports and other reports released today, IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre offered the following comments to the Scoop:

Larry MacIntyre said at 3:30 that the reports that Sampson has been fired or has resigned are incorrect. He said both of those are possible scenarios for what could happen, but neither has happened at this point. MacIntyre also said that IU has not scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon at this point. He said that staff is making preparations in case a press conference is held because it is a possibility, but no decision to have a press conference has been made.

Okay, a couple of quick observations:

— This is a typical IU spokesperson response. Nothing against MacIntyre, I’m sure he’s a fine lad, but we all know that Sampson is gone, one way or another, tomorrow.

— There will undoubtedly be some type of press conference tomorrow. Can you imagine the media circus at the game on Saturday if there was no press conference and Dakich just showed up to coach the team at Northwestern? Won’t happen.

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  • Jerry

    I just hope the players are not engaged in any of this or become part of the process ( like a team meeting if there is no closure to the matter ). I would hate for their young minds to see alleged successful leadership type people so challenged and catatonic. They already cannot help but have a healthy disrepect for the media

  • kelin

    This is crazy…given I just read Andy Katz and he said KS was watching game film….and nothing has been resolved….

    I expect to read at some point KS just got a contract extension……geez

  • LRubes

    Since Sampson never hears the crowd and never pays attention to the media he may never know hes fired and the day he is let go he just may show up to practice ready to coach and somebody will say “hey you're fired” and he'll cut him in mid sentence and say i didnt hear anything

  • kelin

    I think if they fire him they should have Senderoff call him and patch him through to McRobbie………..then McRObbie should say “gotcha I knew you were taking 3 way calls”

  • Wow. That's brilliant!

  • Jerry

    After some reflection ( and wine ) I feel that IU has come to the realization that it is unwise to FIRE him now becasue a) legal exposure, b) we have not negotiated a trade yet w NCAA eg IF we fire THEN what do we get in return ( given we, not the NCAA, may be taking a legal hit )

    Since KS becomes a bargaining chip in our ultimate outcome w the NCAA we have these options: 1) suspend n games , 2) no suspension 3) KS resigns

  • Luke24

    That's great Kelin. Here's another little spoof that someone wrote about Sampson. It's pretty funny.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page

  • Isn't Jeff Goodman the guy that reported DJ wouldn't play against Purdue? 19 and 15 isn't something you do when you're a gametime decision.

  • Yes, but I'm pretty sure he reported that after a conversation with Sampson:

    http://www.insidethehall.com/2008/02/18/sampson

  • Timmy

    This is ridic. IU needs to put out a press release immediately, saying KS is our coach now and for as long as his current contract dictates and be done with this.

  • HoosierSmitty

    It's already a freakin' circus…so none of this is surprising.

  • Yup, he's now 0-2 this week. Sounds like someone desperately trying to scoop this story and jumping the gun.

  • I wouldn't call the first one a miss. He talked to Sampson and went by what Kelvin told him.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Everybody just needs to take a deep breath and relax. Here is a humorous and rather entertaining distraction. Sure lightened my mood up anyway, and it looks like we're not the only school cleaning up a mess.

    http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008

  • Jay

    What is the process with the NCAA? Are deals made in advance? Is there indeed “trading”? It's very confusing. Mostly, I get the impression that IU must bow before the almighty NCAA and keep flogging itself without any idea if the flogging is sufficient, or even too much. Is that the way it is? Or not? Insight from anyone would be much appreciated.

  • Jerry

    Hound – thanks very much that was the best thing I have read in days and guuys on this blog are pretty funny

  • stanklove83

    Larry is what they call in the business a “team player”

  • Jerry

    I just hope the players are not engaged in any of this or become part of the process ( like a team meeting if there is no closure to the matter ). I would hate for their young minds to see alleged successful leadership type people so challenged and catatonic. They already cannot help but have a healthy disrepect for the media

  • kelin

    This is crazy…given I just read Andy Katz and he said KS was watching game film….and nothing has been resolved….

    I expect to read at some point KS just got a contract extension……geez

  • LRubes

    Since Sampson never hears the crowd and never pays attention to the media he may never know hes fired and the day he is let go he just may show up to practice ready to coach and somebody will say “hey you're fired” and he'll cut him in mid sentence and say i didnt hear anything

  • kelin

    I think if they fire him they should have Senderoff call him and patch him through to McRobbie………..then McRObbie should say “gotcha I knew you were taking 3 way calls”

  • Wow. That's brilliant!

  • Jerry

    After some reflection ( and wine ) I feel that IU has come to the realization that it is unwise to FIRE him now becasue a) legal exposure, b) we have not negotiated a trade yet w NCAA eg IF we fire THEN what do we get in return ( given we, not the NCAA, may be taking a legal hit )

    Since KS becomes a bargaining chip in our ultimate outcome w the NCAA we have these options: 1) suspend n games , 2) no suspension 3) KS resigns

  • Luke24

    That's great Kelin. Here's another little spoof that someone wrote about Sampson. It's pretty funny.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page

  • Isn't Jeff Goodman the guy that reported DJ wouldn't play against Purdue? 19 and 15 isn't something you do when you're a gametime decision.

  • Yes, but I'm pretty sure he reported that after a conversation with Sampson:

    http://www.insidethehall.com/2008/02/18/sampson

  • Timmy

    This is ridic. IU needs to put out a press release immediately, saying KS is our coach now and for as long as his current contract dictates and be done with this.

  • HoosierSmitty

    It's already a freakin' circus…so none of this is surprising.

  • Yup, he's now 0-2 this week. Sounds like someone desperately trying to scoop this story and jumping the gun.

  • I wouldn't call the first one a miss. He talked to Sampson and went by what Kelvin told him.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Everybody just needs to take a deep breath and relax. Here is a humorous and rather entertaining distraction. Sure lightened my mood up anyway, and it looks like we're not the only school cleaning up a mess.

    http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008

  • Jay

    What is the process with the NCAA? Are deals made in advance? Is there indeed “trading”? It's very confusing. Mostly, I get the impression that IU must bow before the almighty NCAA and keep flogging itself without any idea if the flogging is sufficient, or even too much. Is that the way it is? Or not? Insight from anyone would be much appreciated.

  • Jerry

    Hound – thanks very much that was the best thing I have read in days and guuys on this blog are pretty funny

  • stanklove83

    Larry is what they call in the business a “team player”