Third assistant announcement could come in August

  • 07/07/2008 12:37 pm in

Those of you waiting to hear who will take the final assistant coaching spot on Tom Crean’s staff should plan to wait a few more weeks. Indiana is not expected to name a third assistant coach until after July 31, the final day of the summer evaluation period for college coaches.

The likely reason for the delay: waiting until after July 31 will allow a prospective candidate to travel the AAU circuit during the month of July and make an unlimited amount of stops. The prospective candidate will not be allowed to recruit for the school, but he will be able to watch countless AAU games and see plenty of prospects.

Had Indiana already chosen to name the third assistant, that position would not have been allowed to travel off campus due to restrictions imposed last fall. This is a strategy other schools have used in the past during transitions of coaching staffs and it makes sense as July is the biggest month of the year in recruiting.

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  • hoosier07

    FINALLY a smart decision from our athletic department …. Any thoughts on who it may be?!

  • iumike

    This is the kind of decision making that must be done with all of the things that have happened AND with what MAY happpen. These are the kind of smart decisions that I expected when TC was named as our new head coach. These are the kind of smart decisions that will have to be made for years to come and I for one think TC is up to the challenge. Take notes RG for if you find someone dumb enough to hire you you will need all the help you can get.

  • tberry

    While it sounds like this will technically evade the NCAA sanctions, it does seem that the spirit of those restrictions is being ignored. If the NCAA believes that IU is trying to “pull the wool over their eyes”, this could be something that pushes them into more retribution.

    Seems to me that someone is either working for IU or they aren't. Who will be supporting this individual this summer while they travel all over the country watching all these potential recruits? Are they wealthy and don't need to work for anyone? Is someone else paying them? If so why would that someone bankroll IU? Are they contacting these recruits and if so who do they represent themselves to be? Who do the recruits and coaches think they are?

    Are they working for IU or not? … Was Sampson making phone calls or not? Makes me wonder exactly where we are headed. We really can't afford anymore deceptions.

  • JerryCT

    Could be more than one candidate which makes waiting quite normal. I think it is normal for any fan to fear the irrationalality of the NCAA.

    However if we are encouraged to interpret the “spirit” of a rule then why not this:

    1. Eliminate calls less than 2 min in duration as typically done by NCAA
    2. COunt Morris twins as 2 players
    3. COunt calls within 15 or 20 min as “continuation of 1 call”
    4. Consider if IU actually achieved an advantage ( any player come to IU ?)
    5. If 30 days elapsed between calls why is that NOT a month ?

    If they did this then we are down to pretty much BS level of violations , less than 30 calls. I donot think they can be hard on the rules and then ding us for following the rules to our advantage in this case.

  • tberry

    There may be more than one applicant but that is not what the article is saying.

    It is also important to remember that the spirit of the law is what the NCAA says it is, not IU, you or me. Whether you think the NCAA's action were BS or not is of no real importance, it is what the NCAA sees as important.

  • tberry

    There may be more than one applicant but that is not what the article is saying.

    It is also important to remember that the spirit of the law is what the NCAA says it is, not IU, you or me. Whether you think the NCAA's action were BS or not is of no real importance, it is what the NCAA sees as important.