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.
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.