Around the Hall: Dakich, Meyer, Greenspan and more

  • 05/14/2008 8:08 am in

dak.jpg— Dan Dakich talked to Terry Hutchens of The Indianapolis Star and the former interim coach addresses Kelvin Sampson, Armon Bassett, Jamarcus Ellis and the overall state of Indiana basketball. Dakich will get $180,000 promised to him by the university and hopes to coach somewhere next season. Dakich was criticized for kicking Bassett and Ellis to the curb, but ultimately, we’re all finding out that he was just looking out for a program in desperate need of discipline.

— Former assistant Jeff Meyer denies intentionally violating rules in his response to the NCAA obtained by The Indianapolis Star.

— Bob Kravitz raises some excellent points about Rick Greenspan and wonders how the AD is still employed by IU. Here’s my favorite part:

Let’s not engage in selective amnesia: former coach Kelvin Sampson was hired by Greenspan. Now, were former school president Adam Herbert and trustee Jeff Cohen the people who most strongly supported Sampson’s hiring? Sure. Greenspan had his own favorite — sources tell me it was former West Virginia and current Michigan coach John Beilein — but Sampson was among the three candidates Greenspan sent to the trustees.

Ultimately, Greenspan signed off on this terrible hire, and on the day Sampson was introduced, Greenspan happily stood out front and sang Sampson’s praises.

You can’t have it both ways.

Or can you?

— Eric Crawford of The Louisville Courier-Journal writes that the self-imposed sanctions are not sufficient and that IU should pay for hiring Kelvin Sampson.

— And finally, Terry Hutchens has an update on IU’s self-imposed sanctions. Tom Crean has seven days of off-campus recruiting to use in July, IU has added two paid official visits and the staff will lower its frequency of correspondence with Derek Elston (who was named in the NCAA’s report) from seven times to six times for the upcoming school year.

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  • deedubbadoo

    Never had a problem with what Dak did. He tried to restore order to a lawless situation and everyone was all over him. He never had a chance. As far as Greenspan goes, yes he sucks as an AD, I don't blame the whole Kelvin Sampson fiasco on him. If Herbert wanted him then it was pretty cut and dry that he was getting him. That being said he had to come out and sing the praises of Sampson you can't have an AD being negative publicly about a coach they just hired! I am in no way an apologist for Greenspan would be happy to see him get the boot but, seriously this whole thing was not his fault. Kelvin Sampson is trash and Adam Herbert wanting him to get the job makes me dislike him even more, especially when he decided to retire at the end of his contract.

    There is more to this story than we the fans will ever know. I think given the circumstance McCallum probably could have connected better with the kids at that moment of crisis than Dakich and maybe squeezed out a couple more wins but, that team needed discipline and Dak stepped in and laid down the law. I applaud him for that, that team had become a run away freight train. All that being said, the bright side is that we now have a coach, in Tom Crean, that we can get behind. Instead of being stuck with McCallum if he had gotten us to say, the sweet 16 or something. I feel all things aside we came out of this as best we could, we have a clean slate, a fresh start, etc… Now it is time to get back to what we do best, fielding a team that buys into the idea of a team, and I am not talking about an And1 team either…

    P.S. Big A, I love the site but honestly, I can't stand Bob Kravitz. I listen to him on 1070 and read his columns and he is way to sensationalist for me. Not to mention when he called out Tony Dungy, that is the day that I lost all respect for him.

  • Not a big fan of Kravitz either, but I do agree with his thoughts today on Greenspan in a lot of areas.

  • That is one great interview of Dan D. Had a lot of respect for him before, but now he should be AD.

  • B_MD

    I posted this on the Star article, but thought I would write it here too:

    I have to admit that I was critical of Dakich at some points, and I was completely wrong. Especially with the Bassett/Ellis situation.

    I criticized him at the time because I didn't think he should have the authority to kick them off the team, although I always prefaced it with “With the information we have at this point”. From this interview it is now clear that Dakich had the backing and permission of the AD and it's more clear what he was asking the players to do, and they totally disrespected him.

    So I admit I was wrong and should have just trusted that Dakich was doing what was best for the program. Good luck Dan and hopefully we'll see you back involved with the program at some point.

  • those are my feeling exactly. at the time, i was pissed at Dakich, but looking back, i was definitely wrong.

    i hope he lands a gig somewhere else.

  • That's one of Kravitz's worse pieces about the Sampson mess. By and large, Kravitz has walked a line during this whole mess between being right and shoving the fact that he was right in everyone's faces.

    This article, like a good portion of his work during the Sampson Era, is simply playing to the Looper crowd. What exactly what IU supposed to do? Kravitz seems to believe that IU should have fired Sampson in October or at least in February. Apparently, Kravitz has never heard of the name “Jim O'Brien”. The fact of the matter is, even if a coach breaks every rule in the book, it isn't worth it to risk millions of dollars, plus legal fees, to fire the coach. Yeah, Greenspan was helped out by the anonymous donor, but he still got rid of Sampson at the end of the week-long investigation, and in a way that will not allow Sampson to harass the university for years and years.

  • ZachH

    Happy to see Dak get some well deserved vindication.

  • I didn't think Kravitz's column was all that great. As best I can tell, Jeffrey Cohen has received little to no mention in the Indianapolis Star. Where is the Star's reporting on this issue. IU fans deserve a full accounting of the hiring process that led to Sampson, and the Star should be providing it. Instead, we get these throwaway lines, which obscure the fact that we still don't really know who did what in March 2006.

    Again, there's no way that Greenspan is blameless, but he's also not the King of England. He answers to the president of the university, and there has been increasing mention in recent weeks of the idea that Herbert was pushing Sampson hard. I suppose he could have said, in March 2006, “if you hire Sampson instead of John Beilein, I will resign.” But ultimately, if the president and the AD disagree after discussion, the president wins. Again, I'm not trying to be an apologist for Greenspan, who has made mistakes. But if Kravitz is going to crucify the guy, should he explain exactly what Greenspan should have done under the circumstances. I think RG deserves more criticism for the recurrence of the violations than for the hiring itself.

  • B_MD

    I totally agree with you as far as the Star's reporting. How can a newspaper up to this point, really have nothing to report as far as the process of Sampson's hiring, which even at the time was a pretty controversial hiring.

    Even if they can't land an interview with Herbet, there's got to be sources they have that were close to the situation. There's always someone willing to talk.

  • They don't report information from “sources.” They are owned by Gannett and in order for them to print something, they normally require a name to be linked to information in order to publish it.

  • I still don't think Dak was the guy for the job in the long run. I do have some newfound respect for his choice to dismiss Bassett and Ellis, but I think that came from the choice to just clean house all together. The one thing that coach Crean has above anything is energy. He is probably the most energetic person in the damn world. When your talking about a team without discipline…recruiting all new players…players leaving in a sly fashion at the last minute…NCAA violations……bad publicity……APR problems….and so on…….I do believe he is the only man with enough energy at his age to tackle all of these obstacles….with a positive outcome….and keep on ticking from there.

  • woodpecker

    excellent post!!!!!!!!!! ….. go Hoosiers!

  • I still don't think Dak was the guy for the job in the long run. I do have some newfound respect for his choice to dismiss Bassett and Ellis, but I think that came from the choice to just clean house all together. The one thing that coach Crean has above anything is energy. He is probably the most energetic person in the damn world. When your talking about a team without discipline…recruiting all new players…players leaving in a sly fashion at the last minute…NCAA violations……bad publicity……APR problems….and so on…….I do believe he is the only man with enough energy at his age to tackle all of these obstacles….with a positive outcome….and keep on ticking from there.

  • woodpecker

    excellent post!!!!!!!!!! ….. go Hoosiers!