Kelvin Sampson, a year later, at ESPN the Mag

  • 02/18/2009 3:10 pm in

In the latest issue of ESPN the Mag — on newsstands now! — there’s a small bit on page 71 about five players affected by Kelvin Sampson’s Indiana hiring and subsequent resignation: Devin Ebanks, Terrell Holloway, Scottie Reynolds, Damion James and Tyshawn Taylor.

Today online, a few companion pieces ran along with it. Including two from me. The first is a column about what it meant for me to be a fan during Sampson’s reign of calling, and what Tom Crean has taught me. A sample:

I’d always heard about the Indiana Tradition or doing things the Indiana Way, but I’d usually roll my eyes at such pronouncements, thinking of them as nothing more but tired, clich├ęd statements from Bob Knight disciples. I’m a bit of a cynical guy.

Times had changed, I thought. It’s OK to bend the rules in recruiting, as long as you win, as long as you don’t get caught. It’s OK you don’t fit the Indiana mold, doing things the right way with dignity and class, as long as you win. It’s OK to bring in players of questionable character, as long as you win.

This is what the Kelvin Sampson era was at Indiana: win at all costs. And I was hooked, cast under his spell, because that’s all I wanted for my team, too. I wanted to win.

Second is four others affected by Sampson, but like the original piece in the actual print version, is behind ESPN’s Insider wall. Boo.

Lastly, Scott Powers wrote a tremendous story about all the guys who left last year, catching us up with their situations. He got a lot of quotes from Brandon McGee. That guy is behind the Insider wall too.

The moral of this post is that ESPN is putting a lot more of their stuff behind Insider’s wall this year. You’ve been warned, sports consumer.

Oh, and if you want another take on the whole Deadspin topic, Midwest Sports Fan has an indepth look at it today.

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  • RobertSchell

    Ah, yes, the entity that is the Insider.

    I do plan on buying the issue though (so, ESPN still got $$ from me – shucks), and am glad we are back to the culture, tradition, and Indiana Way.

    “….because they (the fans) realize a tremendous recruiting class is coming in, and in a short few years this team will be a winner again, and they'll be winners just like those teams of yesteryear, when things were done with class.” – DITTO!

  • RobertSchell

    Ah, yes, the entity that is the Insider.

    I do plan on buying the issue though (so, ESPN still got $$ from me – shucks), and am glad we are back to the culture, tradition, and Indiana Way.

    “….because they (the fans) realize a tremendous recruiting class is coming in, and in a short few years this team will be a winner again, and they'll be winners just like those teams of yesteryear, when things were done with class.” – DITTO!

  • James

    As a fellow IU grad right in that same time period (07') I can relate to this article…especially my “faith” in Sampson and the need to get after the studs no matter what the cost. I also agree that the level appreciation of this team/Coach Crean is much stronger because of the events that transpired…great article and im glad to see that something positive (and well written) about this period IU basketball is being published

  • James

    As a fellow IU grad right in that same time period (07') I can relate to this article…especially my “faith” in Sampson and the need to get after the studs no matter what the cost. I also agree that the level appreciation of this team/Coach Crean is much stronger because of the events that transpired…great article and im glad to see that something positive (and well written) about this period IU basketball is being published

  • hoosier07

    i love using my friend's insider password (he's a worldwide leader employee) … well written Ryan

  • hoosier07

    i love using my friend's insider password (he's a worldwide leader employee) … well written Ryan

  • HoosierSmitty

    Wow…I know Scott…that's sweet. We went to IU Journalism Sports Camp (camp for writing geeks) back in the day…

  • HoosierSmitty

    Wow…I know Scott…that's sweet. We went to IU Journalism Sports Camp (camp for writing geeks) back in the day…

  • Great article Ryan. I was brain-washed by Sampson while my Dad cautioned against his checkered past. As you said, once we got Gordon, I was all in. And though there was something in the back of my mind that had me worried, I was suppressing that and focused on winning. Then it all came down like a house of cards.

    Now, even though it's been a rough season, it does feel right and we will be back. I have that Hoosier Pride once again. Go Hoosiers!

  • Great article Ryan. I was brain-washed by Sampson while my Dad cautioned against his checkered past. As you said, once we got Gordon, I was all in. And though there was something in the back of my mind that had me worried, I was suppressing that and focused on winning. Then it all came down like a house of cards.

    Now, even though it's been a rough season, it does feel right and we will be back. I have that Hoosier Pride once again. Go Hoosiers!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Wow…I know Scott…that's sweet. We went to IU Journalism Sports Camp (camp for writing geeks) back in the day…

  • Great article Ryan. I was brain-washed by Sampson while my Dad cautioned against his checkered past. As you said, once we got Gordon, I was all in. And though there was something in the back of my mind that had me worried, I was suppressing that and focused on winning. Then it all came down like a house of cards.

    Now, even though it's been a rough season, it does feel right and we will be back. I have that Hoosier Pride once again. Go Hoosiers!