No boycott: Hoosiers depart for Evanston

  • 02/23/2008 10:49 am in

The talks of a player boycott proved to be untrue as the entire Hoosier team is now en route to Evanston to take on Northwestern according to Doug Wilson of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop. As part of his deal to leave Indiana, many believe that Kelvin Sampson met with the team last night and encouraged them to finish out the season strong.

Now that the events of yesterday are behind us, let’s hope interim coach Dan Dakich can rally the troops and finish out the regular season strong. The Hoosiers have five games to go, including a game at Michigan State, and a Big Ten title is still within reach.

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  • HoosierSmitty

    Let's not forget that Coble scored 34 in a game this year, and EJ scored 33 in his IU debut. I say EJ drops 35 tonight to have the high score in the Big Ten this year.

    GO IU!

  • Ryan_Btown

    Well…no boycott, i figured they wouldn't. But let's talk fallout. Greenspan said later in the press conference that hopefully the current coaching staff could persuade our recruits to go ahead and come here. 1. Why would our current coaching staff do that if they aren't going to be next years coach? 2. Why would those recruits come here if THEY don't know who their coach will be? This all sucks really bad. I'm graduating this year and I'm pretty happy that I won't be in Bloomington for this transition. I just don't know how smooth its going to be.

  • MikeyD

    Ryan, have a little faith. I'm thinking we're getting ready to start on a 10-15 year run of high quality teams under one good coach. That coach might just be DD with RMc on the bench. Maybe the current coaching staff is in place. Do you think IU interviewed DD before hiring KS? Maybe he was a close contender then. I think IU has had a plan in place since before they released their initial report to the NCAA?

  • BrianK

    Let hope he this this is going to be our future coaching staff. DD hasn't done anything to prove he should coach at IU and neither has RMc. Their coaching records aren't that great and as you notice no other schools have been beating down their doors. Keeping them would be settling again like we did with Davis. It's part of their jobs to keep talking to Recruits. They might be assistants to our new coach next year. Almost certainly DD will still be here in some form.

  • Matt

    You know whats crazy after all this went down the past week… We won two huge games (should have been 5 STRAIGHT)… We have a coach “resign” (he was fired)… AND yet i wake up this morning HUNG OVER (bc i drank heavily last night HAD to), but i realized it was Saturday and WE have an IU game… Bottom Line is this, WE are INDIANA BASKETBALL WE WILL BE OK… EBANKS and others WILL follow. WE will hire a good coach whether it be DAKICH or someone else… KELVIN IS gone yes but he may have put IU back on the map and NOW someone special comes in and lays on BLOOMINGTON soil for 12+ yrs and hey maybe we are here to stay…………

  • Raymond

    I hope Ebanks and our other recruits stay committed to IU, but lets be honest, even if they don't we will be fine.
    For the kids that decommitt we, for one, could open the possibility of bringing in different recruits that maybe our new coach signed for another school. It works both ways. Addittionally, this is Indiana. If we have to lose recruits for one year to correct the path we are on, so be it. I will sacrifice a year for the greater good.

    And on Dakich…I am so thankful he is the interim coach. However, I hope to god he doesn't remain our coach. It would be a Mike Davis/Bill Lynch situation of winning with someone elses players. And, Dakich has not proven he can recruit or run a program as big as, and important as, ours. If you think Alford doesn't deserve this job Danny boy reeeeally doesnt.

  • ALH_00

    That Dakich has been a head coach is a good thing for the time being, because he will at least have some (10 years) experience sitting in that chair. Plus, he has been around the program long enough to know how to handle the boosters, media and fans. I don't think he's the long-term answer but I'm very comfortable with him running the team for the remainder of the season. That said, I hope Dakich doesn't think about installing to much of his own x's and o's, because these guys need to be able to focus on what they've become accustomed to with KS. Dakich really needs to just help them keep focus during practices and games.

    As for the recruits, I think we should all brace ourselves for the rocky road that lays ahead. There is so much uncertainty regarding the coaching search and the NCAA investigation. This is more likely to hurt than be smooth in the short-term.

    As for the program (coaching search), IU just needs to create and work the list. I'm sure they will miss on some of their guys because of the NCAA investigation (and many other outside reasons), but they should be able to land a proven winner with some knowledge of Indiana HS B-Ball, which has been producing some of the best talent recently. That's where we should start with recruiting…with kids that may have grown up with some loyalty to IU, who would buy the “lets get this thing turned around” tag-line. It may take a couple years, but IU B-Ball will be fine (I hope).

    For now, we (fans) still get to watch perhaps the best team in nearly 20 years. I'm really looking forward to my chance to see them play today in Evanston. And I'm really glad that they all made the trip. Whether it was KS or DJ, or whomever, I would like to say thank you for pulilng together yesterday evening. Don't let this situation ruin the season for the players and fans. Whatever the motivation, just focus on playing B-ball…which you are really good at.

  • Jerry

    I would like to think that IU's sports info dept is working 24/7 to create buzz about the exciting opportunity that now exists to coach at IU. This chance only comes around a few times in a generation, like an opening at UNC, Duke, Syracuse, Ky, Kansas and UCLA.

    Positive buzz and the performance of our players will help the new coach recruit and win early. If the new guy has national accolades ( vs mid major conf accolades ) I think we will recover faster. We actually donot know how KS sanctions held back our recruiting though it did n't look like it

  • i wouldn't put syracuse in the same breath as those other schools. a cuse opening would probably be the 3rd of 4th best job in the big east, much less the country. both georgetown and uconn are much better jobs.

  • Nick

    Great point Raymond. I was just talking with a buddy of mine (also an IU grad) and we said the same thing. If a Mark few or someone like that from a pretty solid program comes to IU you have to figure on him bringing one or two players with him. It's not uncommon. Most players have this clause in their LOI's that allow them to change schools if there's a coaching change. Not to mention possible transfers for two years from now and JUCO players!!! Excellent observation Raymond!!!

  • b_side

    Best team in 20 years? How young are you? I love this team too, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The chemistry and team defense displayed by the '02 team was off the charts in comparison to this year's squad. Sure this year's squad has more talent, but we've got to give credit where credit is due — even if it is to a Mike Davis coached team. Please remember that the '02 team defeated quite possibly the most talented Duke team (and overwhelming #1 team in the country that year) in Coach K's life time (Jay Williams, Mike Dunleavy Jr, Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, Daniel Ewing and Dahntay Jones). All of those guys got drafted and if Jay Williams didn't have the motorcycle accident, all 6 would be current NBA players vs the one and only Jared Jeffries..

    I'm assuming the Top 5 ranked teams including Calbert Cheaney, Alan Henderson, Greg Graham were too long ago for you to remember, so no need to lecture on that.

    Until DJ, EJ and company prove it on the NCAA's biggest stage, let's keep our expectations to a moderate level.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Let's not forget that Coble scored 34 in a game this year, and EJ scored 33 in his IU debut. I say EJ drops 35 tonight to have the high score in the Big Ten this year.

    GO IU!

  • Ryan_Btown

    Well…no boycott, i figured they wouldn't. But let's talk fallout. Greenspan said later in the press conference that hopefully the current coaching staff could persuade our recruits to go ahead and come here. 1. Why would our current coaching staff do that if they aren't going to be next years coach? 2. Why would those recruits come here if THEY don't know who their coach will be? This all sucks really bad. I'm graduating this year and I'm pretty happy that I won't be in Bloomington for this transition. I just don't know how smooth its going to be.

  • MikeyD

    Ryan, have a little faith. I'm thinking we're getting ready to start on a 10-15 year run of high quality teams under one good coach. That coach might just be DD with RMc on the bench. Maybe the current coaching staff is in place. Do you think IU interviewed DD before hiring KS? Maybe he was a close contender then. I think IU has had a plan in place since before they released their initial report to the NCAA?

  • BrianK

    Let hope he this this is going to be our future coaching staff. DD hasn't done anything to prove he should coach at IU and neither has RMc. Their coaching records aren't that great and as you notice no other schools have been beating down their doors. Keeping them would be settling again like we did with Davis. It's part of their jobs to keep talking to Recruits. They might be assistants to our new coach next year. Almost certainly DD will still be here in some form.

  • Matt

    You know whats crazy after all this went down the past week… We won two huge games (should have been 5 STRAIGHT)… We have a coach “resign” (he was fired)… AND yet i wake up this morning HUNG OVER (bc i drank heavily last night HAD to), but i realized it was Saturday and WE have an IU game… Bottom Line is this, WE are INDIANA BASKETBALL WE WILL BE OK… EBANKS and others WILL follow. WE will hire a good coach whether it be DAKICH or someone else… KELVIN IS gone yes but he may have put IU back on the map and NOW someone special comes in and lays on BLOOMINGTON soil for 12+ yrs and hey maybe we are here to stay…………

  • Raymond

    I hope Ebanks and our other recruits stay committed to IU, but lets be honest, even if they don't we will be fine.
    For the kids that decommitt we, for one, could open the possibility of bringing in different recruits that maybe our new coach signed for another school. It works both ways. Addittionally, this is Indiana. If we have to lose recruits for one year to correct the path we are on, so be it. I will sacrifice a year for the greater good.

    And on Dakich…I am so thankful he is the interim coach. However, I hope to god he doesn't remain our coach. It would be a Mike Davis/Bill Lynch situation of winning with someone elses players. And, Dakich has not proven he can recruit or run a program as big as, and important as, ours. If you think Alford doesn't deserve this job Danny boy reeeeally doesnt.

  • ALH_00

    That Dakich has been a head coach is a good thing for the time being, because he will at least have some (10 years) experience sitting in that chair. Plus, he has been around the program long enough to know how to handle the boosters, media and fans. I don't think he's the long-term answer but I'm very comfortable with him running the team for the remainder of the season. That said, I hope Dakich doesn't think about installing to much of his own x's and o's, because these guys need to be able to focus on what they've become accustomed to with KS. Dakich really needs to just help them keep focus during practices and games.

    As for the recruits, I think we should all brace ourselves for the rocky road that lays ahead. There is so much uncertainty regarding the coaching search and the NCAA investigation. This is more likely to hurt than be smooth in the short-term.

    As for the program (coaching search), IU just needs to create and work the list. I'm sure they will miss on some of their guys because of the NCAA investigation (and many other outside reasons), but they should be able to land a proven winner with some knowledge of Indiana HS B-Ball, which has been producing some of the best talent recently. That's where we should start with recruiting…with kids that may have grown up with some loyalty to IU, who would buy the “lets get this thing turned around” tag-line. It may take a couple years, but IU B-Ball will be fine (I hope).

    For now, we (fans) still get to watch perhaps the best team in nearly 20 years. I'm really looking forward to my chance to see them play today in Evanston. And I'm really glad that they all made the trip. Whether it was KS or DJ, or whomever, I would like to say thank you for pulilng together yesterday evening. Don't let this situation ruin the season for the players and fans. Whatever the motivation, just focus on playing B-ball…which you are really good at.

  • Jerry

    I would like to think that IU's sports info dept is working 24/7 to create buzz about the exciting opportunity that now exists to coach at IU. This chance only comes around a few times in a generation, like an opening at UNC, Duke, Syracuse, Ky, Kansas and UCLA.

    Positive buzz and the performance of our players will help the new coach recruit and win early. If the new guy has national accolades ( vs mid major conf accolades ) I think we will recover faster. We actually donot know how KS sanctions held back our recruiting though it did n't look like it

  • i wouldn't put syracuse in the same breath as those other schools. a cuse opening would probably be the 3rd of 4th best job in the big east, much less the country. both georgetown and uconn are much better jobs.

  • Nick

    Great point Raymond. I was just talking with a buddy of mine (also an IU grad) and we said the same thing. If a Mark few or someone like that from a pretty solid program comes to IU you have to figure on him bringing one or two players with him. It's not uncommon. Most players have this clause in their LOI's that allow them to change schools if there's a coaching change. Not to mention possible transfers for two years from now and JUCO players!!! Excellent observation Raymond!!!

  • b_side

    Best team in 20 years? How young are you? I love this team too, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The chemistry and team defense displayed by the '02 team was off the charts in comparison to this year's squad. Sure this year's squad has more talent, but we've got to give credit where credit is due — even if it is to a Mike Davis coached team. Please remember that the '02 team defeated quite possibly the most talented Duke team (and overwhelming #1 team in the country that year) in Coach K's life time (Jay Williams, Mike Dunleavy Jr, Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, Daniel Ewing and Dahntay Jones). All of those guys got drafted and if Jay Williams didn't have the motorcycle accident, all 6 would be current NBA players vs the one and only Jared Jeffries..

    I'm assuming the Top 5 ranked teams including Calbert Cheaney, Alan Henderson, Greg Graham were too long ago for you to remember, so no need to lecture on that.

    Until DJ, EJ and company prove it on the NCAA's biggest stage, let's keep our expectations to a moderate level.