Scenes From The Press Conference

February 23, 2008 – 1:33 am by Ryan Phillips

Well, after waiting in the IU Media room for close on five hours (I got there at 4 p.m. and the press conference didn’t start until just after 9 p.m.) we finally got a resolution to the Kelvin Sampson mess. I snapped a few pictures from before it started so I’ll post those here (forgive the weak quality, I was using a camera phone).

Nothing too crazy to report, just that the whole misinformation thing was crazy. At 2 p.m. there was supposed to be a press conference, that got pushed until 4. From 4 p.m. until r oughly 7 p.m. the press was told nothing. Absolutely nothing, except that a press conference was coming. At around 7 we got word that Andy Katz had gone public with the agreement and buyout of Sampson’s contract. After that we were told no earlier than 8 p.m. for the presser. Then at around 8:20 we were told it would come at 9. Greenspan didn’t walk in the door until roughly 9:04. So basically we were all in the room for about five hours with nothing to do but speculate and learn of all the random news coming in.

Apparently six IU players skipped practice as a means of protest. The six (reportedly) were D.J. White, Jamarcus Ellis, DeAndre Thomas, Brandon McGee, Armon Bassett and Jordan Crawford. Sampson is scheduled to meet with them at some point tonight. As everyone was speculating, Dan Dakich has taken over as the interim head coach, with Ray McCallum taking the role as head assistant. The press release the IU Media Relations department handed us emphasized Dakich’s ties to the program and McCallum’s integrity, which I found interesting.

The assembled media was a mixed bag that included ESPN’s Pat Forde and the assorted questions thrown at Greenspan were handled, I thought, very well. Obviously he couldn’t keep Sampson here but at the same time. Forde’s column is already up, so go check it out here. He seemed to be in good spirits, yucking it up with the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens before Greenspan arrived. It was a long and tiring day but we now know the end result. The Kelvin Sampson era has ended.

I stared at this podium for nearly five hours of nothingness.
ESPN’s Pat Forde giving an interview via his cell phone.

The assembled Media throng wait for Greenspan to arrive.

And just for fun, here’s an AP photo in which you can see me. I’m in the third row, on the aisle behind the guy in the red sweater and in front of the guy with the white tie. Yes, I know it’s hard to see, but I’m there…and incredibly attractive.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Scenes From The Press Conference”

  2. Looking good, Phillips. Glad to see you had good seats for the burning of Rome. If Rome were a major-college basketball program under suspicion of violating recruiting rules, that is.

    By McD on Feb 23, 2008

  3. I am the guy in the white tie. It is actually a silvery color. My girlfriend got it for me when she was a grad student studying the ogival domes of the Renaissance. Silk is far cheaper in Italy than it is here. It has to do with the Chinese dealing silk to the west through Italy for thousands of years.

    By Bruce Paine on Feb 23, 2008

  4. I find it very interesting that there’s a cash register in the IU media room…

    By MilwaukeeBooter on Feb 25, 2008

  5. The back end of the media room is also a cafeteria sort of place.

    By Phillips on Feb 25, 2008

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