This weekâ€™s million-dollar question hails from the Hoosier state. Will Kelvin Sampson remain Indiana Universityâ€™s basketball coach for the remainder of season? According to multiple sources, Sampson will likely be fired before the season concludes. This is huge news for the Hoosier faithful as Indiana remains firmly in the mix for a Big Ten Championship. Michigan State enters Assembly Hall on Saturday while a showdown looms with instate rival Purdue early next week.
Sampsonâ€™s conduct at Oklahoma placed him firmly under the microscope as he made his way to Bloomington. The Sooners found themselves on NCAA probation as Sampson exited the OU stage. Sampson has come directly under fire for his willingness to ignore certain NCAA rules that govern telephone regulations and recruiting. If that wasnâ€™t bad enough, Sampson has lied to both Indiana University and the NCAA about his involvement and now the buzzards have started circling his Bloomington office.
Some media sources close to the IU program are speculating that Sampson could be ushered off campus before the MSU game on Saturday. The Big Lead ran a story that debuted at 8:35 PM yesterday evening speculating more of the same. Sampson is a former Jud Heathcote assistant and is considered a real coaching talent among college basketball coaches. Jud always played by the rules and Sampson appears to be the first blemish in a long line of successful coaches that has blossomed from the Heathcote coaching tree.
This is a sad set of circumstances for everyone involved in the Big Ten Conference and particularly to the Indiana program that was run for decades without a single NCAA violation. Whether you liked Bobby Knight or not, he always played by the rules. I feel sorry for both the IU players and the Hoosier faithful. Sampson should truly be ashamed of his conduct. He was taught to do things the right way. Is this a question of character or are we seeing the results of pressure to win at all costs rearing its ugly head? We may never know the answer.