Report says Dakich will take over for Sampson

  • 02/21/2008 12:40 pm in

dakich.jpegNo surprise here, but Rich Nye from WTHR-13 in Indianapolis is reporting that Dan Dakich will take over the head coaching duties for the Hoosiers starting Saturday at Northwestern. This confirms what E reported on ITH about a week ago. Here is an excerpt from the report:

A source close to the situation tells Eyewitness Sports that officials from the IU administration have met with assistant basketball coach Dan Dakich about taking over the basketball team as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

The source says that by Friday afternoon, Kelvin Sampson and the university will likely reach a financial settlement ending his employment, or Sampson will be suspended pending termination under the terms of his contract.

Not a huge surprise as Dakich is the logical choice to finish the season at the helm. Indiana is expected to make a public announcement tomorrow regarding the findings of their one week investigation.

The Hoosier Scoop also acknowledged the report, but reporter Doug Wilson says another source close to the athletic department claims that Nye’s report is not entirely accurate.

(HT: Rick Bozich)

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  • BriscoeDisco

    I'll take it

  • Jerry

    This is more about not having another choice than about Dakich, though I loved him as a player. If true of course I hope he does well so we can get the “storybook” out of our systems and start aiming higher for our next coach

  • CutterInChicago

    Let's hope for a Michigan '89 type finish… then send Dan back down to his original job and get another coach (love Danny but not like that…)

  • Matt

    I want to see this team succeed just as much as anyone else. My only concern is: If DD leads this team deep into the tourney, do we have to bring him back full-time (like Davis)? He's definitely not my top choice.

  • Jerry

    The tradegy of hiring the interim coach after a good run I used to call being “Jeff Fishered” but now I call it being ” Mike Davised”

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I'm just glad the change is happening so I don't have to cringe when I look at the IU bench anymore. I'm also glad we play NU next, they don't pose much of a threat.

    I also have the feeling that this is entirely DJ's team now. Dakich may be the one in a suit arguing with the refs. But for the rest of the season it will be as DJ goes so go the Hoosiers. That's not a bad thing though, because I believe his broad shoulders can carry the weight a long way.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Yeah, my 6 year old sister knew a week ago that Dakich was taking over, way to step out on a limb there ITH

  • Timmy

    This is complete BS. My sources say no action will be taken against KS and IU will fight the NCAA's allegations.

  • JamesHardy

    do you mean “Steve Fisher'ed”? Jeff coaches the Tenn. Titans.

  • JamesHardy

    My sources say that Barry Bonds is really hiding Jimmy Hoffa in his biceps…which means of course, he's NOT on 'roids and has NEVER “knowingly” taken HGH.

  • My sources say Sarumon is nearing an attack on The Shire right now, but not if Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker can stop him.

  • Yeah, “Jeff Fishered” means that you take a team deep in the tourney, and grow a spiffy mullet while doing it.

  • Dude, the Ents totally took care of that problem. Besides, Radagast has their back.

  • Timmy

    Listen up you fruit-booty's, my commenting career is on the line with this coaching decision so show some respect.

  • Mark

    WISH TV is reporting a buyout is in the works and a team meeting is scheduled within an hour to discuss Sampson's future.

  • kelin

    I agree Hoosier….this is DJ's team.
    Waiting to see………
    *If there would be any change in offense????
    I am sure you can't do a ton this late in the season…..

    *So I wondering at what point should I email Greeny my list of coaches I would like to see…

  • Jerry

    Thanks to you both for the correction and the funny image of STEVE Fisher with a mullett

  • RW

    I am more concerned about next year, this team seems to be headed in the right direction. The coach vacany is a big part but what about incoming recruits or returning players. After all the players are the ones competing (winning games) , then coach prepare and puts the in the situation to win. Think many others if this is true there are still many questions. GO HOOSIERS!

  • HoosierSmitty

    My sources say you're almost out of comments.

  • Jerry

    Keep in mind Mr Kelin that Baylor has lost 6 of last 7 and playing KSU tonight. Do the right think and love Drew all you want but take him off your list ………….and………of course……….Bennett and Wright at the top

  • Nothing more respectful than a few Tolkien references.

    Gandalf says: “Fool of a Took! Next time, throw yourself in instead!”

  • bleeding crimson

    I have read just a week ago that Pres McRobbie called the NCAA findings “serious allegations of misconduct.” Responding to questions, he said he had not spoken to Sampson this week and also said suspending the coach was not an option because of Sampson's contract. Now this might have been the mood of the moment or facts at the time. A buyout would be the only thing that would change the contract. I think tha KS feels that he is really innocent, then he will fight the battle and convenience the powers to be. We also have to take the following into consideration:
    KS goes, Greenspan is in jeopardy.
    There have been several wrongful-termination lawsuits over the years that IU does not need to fight.
    If we fire him now or if we fire him at the end of the season, the results are still the same.
    Myles Brand will see to it that IU reacts as he sees fit.
    If IU is to get slapped regardless if we fire KS or not, than I say we keep KS.
    I would rather have an over zealous coach that is doing everything possible about getting the right recruits than have a coach is making sure we only make 999 phone calls out of 1000.
    I have read that the average NCAA mens div 1 basketball call made over the NCAA limit is between 50-100 calls. The average.
    I'll give you that he should have done a better job tracking calls, but in my own job as a salesmen. If I had to be hog tied that I could not make but only 1000 phone calls during a particular time. Then I'm going to do everything that I can to push that envelope to be as success as I can. Once again we are talking phone calls.
    Lastly, I was a huge BMK fan for many years but I have to admit… since 1993 I got tired of defending bobby and was tired of is BS that continued to drag IU through the mud.
    It is funny that we will support a guy as long as he wins but if he loses then get rid of his ass. KS is innocent until either proven guilty or resigns or works out a deal. Period.

  • Jerry

    BC – a CALL acording to the NCAA is anything tha tis NOT a physical contact or a letter, so it includes emails, text and instant messaging, commenting on the same blog, faxes as well of course actual telephone calls.

    I did not see any overall limit on CALLS in the rules but there could be . the limits are generally “n” contacts per player per recruiting period determined by high school class.

    The Point: Given 1) different media counting as a CALL, 2) multiple recruits, 3) multiple reps of the university, 4) recruitnig concurrently it is easy to see how to blow the rules for CALLS.

    I worry about proportionality here and long term fallout no matter what we do

  • ChicagoHoosier

    I believe that McRobbie said that there was no provision in KS' contract for suspending the coach with pay.

  • by “sources” you mean your mom told you that before she tucked you in last night right?

  • by “sources” you mean your mom told you that before she tucked you in last night right?