Indiana About To Become Acquainted With the Words “Lack of Institutional Control”

ESPN reported last night that the NCAA has a .50 caliber weapon with the words MAJOR VIOLATIONS written on the side of it aimed directly at the Indiana basketball program and more specifically coach Kelvin Sampson. And if there is anything we know about the NCAA it is they are a bit like the Feds sans the subpoena power and cool agents with sunglasses. If they drop a letter on your desk using the words “major violations” the odds they are going to nail you with them are better than UNC beating Clemson in Chapel Hill.

In case you are not up to speed, Kelvin Sampson was hired from Oklahoma as the savior of the Indiana program, which had fallen from grace after firing Bobby Knight and Mike Davis in succession. Sampson came with baggage in that he had already been tagged at Oklahoma for making impermissible phone calls to recruits and was placed on probation. Upon arriving at Indiana he violated that probation by making phone calls his sanctions said he could not make and also some that were against the rules anyway. In this case he penned it mostly on an assistant who was shown the door but in committing the violation Sampson forfeited a half a million dollar raise. The Hoosiers self reported Sampson and his staff’s abject stupidity to the NCAA and were awaiting the hammer of Thor when the NCAA served up a list of major violations which include the aforementioned deviance from NCAA policy but also lying to NCAA investigators and giving impermissible benefits to a recruit. Needless to say, things are going to get really, really nasty in Bloomington with the dreaded “lack of institutional control” label being dusted off for application on AD Rick Greenspan’s rear end.

What is even more interesting is the speculation I have read on the message boards concerning the timing of Bobby Knight’s resignation from Texas Tech which left the door wide open for him to coach again and this letter from the NCAA which stands to send Sampson packing. Consider this for a moment. Sampson is fired for NCAA violations and the NCAA nails them to the wall with a two year postseason ban and reduction of scholarships. Indiana then rehires Bobby Knight to come back in to cleanup the mess and restore Indiana to proper standing in the world. In turn Knight gets return to Bloomington as some kind of savior and then retire after he has reestablished the program. He is replaced by his son who built his resume and experience as head coach at Texas Tech. And they all lived happily ever after.

Either that or they get Gene Hackman to coach the team.


24 Responses to Indiana About To Become Acquainted With the Words “Lack of Institutional Control”

  1. Wow. The timing of the Bob Knight retirement was weird, but that’s just freaky. Would be hilarious if true.

    If I were Knight, and I did go back to IU, my first morning at work there had better be a line of university administrators and trustees at my office ready to kneel and kiss the ring…or something else.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Knowing Knight, it would be the something else.

  3. Tardy Turtle says:

    I’m so thankful for Roy.

    I wonder if Sampson was on the UNC short list last time we had an opening.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Well, after Doherty the list had one name on Roy Williams. Had he declined a second time I have no idea where it would have gone from there. Sampson might have come up because he is from southeastern NC.

  5. william says:

    Bobby Knight has not coached a really good team since 1993. His record at Texas Tech is worse than it was at Army and Texas Tech, by the way, as all of us Tar Heel fans are well aware, had been to the Sweet Sixteen before his arrival, where he has gone that far exactly once since coaching Tech. He also left his inexperienced son with a very mediocre team, so Indiana people would do better to rent Hoosiers again….

  6. william says:

    It’s funny because Sampson and McCants did not get along when he coached the national team. At the time, everyone assumed it was McCants’ fault but I am not so sure. This guy just may be a pompous corrupt ass.

  7. william says:

    Maybe Indiana should hire Dean Smith to come back for a couple of years and re-claim his record, while cleaning up….

  8. 52BigGameJames says:

    NCSU was talking about Kelvin—if Karl could’ve gotten out of his contract he would have definitely been on that UNC short list.

  9. Silent Sam says:

    I seriously doubt Sampson was ever on UNC’s long list, much less the short one. Ol’ Roy was the only one on the short list.

  10. Steve says:

    I believe Sampson was mentioned by talking heads and message boards as a possible replacement for Les Robinson, not Sendek. Don’t know if he was approached in any official capacity(or unofficial for that matter).

  11. Silent Sam says:

    Here’s what Gordon’s father, Eric Gordon, Sr., told the Indianapolis Star about Sampson’s latest trouble:

    “It doesn’t change my thoughts … I know that the rules are in place, but I know that coaches do all kinds of things to make sure they get in front of the student athletes. I don’t think the Indiana University coaching staff is any different than any other university.’’


    Somehow I don’t think the NCAA is going to agree with Mr. Gordon’s opinion . . .

  12. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Yeah, I think they are also about to be unemployed. In fact, if I were the AD I would toss Sampson under the bus as fast as humanly possible. The NCAA does not play and if they say they have five major violations then Indiana better throw themselves upon the mercy of the infractions committee by firing Sampson and self-imposing sanctions.

  13. HEEL4EVR says:

    Bruce Weber must be dusting off his bright orange blazer this morning….Sampson’s transgressions might buy Weber a few more years @ Illinois…(and help his recruiting).

  14. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Eric Gordon woke up this morning and thought “What the heck have I gotten myself into here?”

    Odds that Gordon enters the draft: 3-1

  15. TarheelJAG says:

    3-1? Gordon was a cinch to go pro long before this story came out. Has there ever really been any doubt that he was a “one and done” player?

  16. Blueblood says:

    being a UNC Pembroke grad I followed Sampson’s coaching progress. This is very bad. I’ve heard he could be fired by Friday

  17. william says:

    It is a shame. I hope that people in the Native American community will find other coaches to admire.

  18. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I think they have to fire him. Pat Forde has a column up at detailing four possible options.

    1. Fire him now.
    2. Self imposed tourney ban this season
    3. Fight the charges
    4. Suspend him until it is cleared up.

    The issue with firing him now is that is what Ohio State did with Jim O’Brien and he sued them and won because it turned out he did not do much wrong. A postseason ban this season would punish players who did nothing wrong. I don’t think fighting the NCAA is going to work, they smell blood in the water and I think there might be some chomping at the bit to make an example of someone. The fourth option might be viable. You can argue to the NCAA you recognize the wrongdoing but wanted to let the process complete before dismissing the coach. The issue here is the AD is in as much danger as Sampson of being fired. Rick Greenspan might do whatever it takes to hold onto his job.

  19. william says:

    If they have an uninvolved assistant, perhaps, they should suspend Sampson. That would avoid punishing the players and avoid the legal danger most likely. I think that this situation is probably different from OSU, because this is more or less Sampson’s third strike.

  20. william says:

    And to make clear, let the uninvolved assistant take over as acting head coach….

  21. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Forde said there was an assistant who was also an ex-Hoosier player who was apparently not tainted and could assume the job on an interim basis.

  22. william says:

    Reading a little more about this, apparently there is a perfect choice, Dan Dackich–anybody remember him? Dakich is the former Indiana player who allegedly shut down Michael Jordan back in 1984. He currently is an assistant coach at Indiana and appears to not be involved in any transgressions.

  23. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Yes, he was the guy Forde referred to.

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