I'm pretty wary of any blog quoting its own anonymous source, but if The Big Lead
is correct, Kelvin Sampson is going to be fired Friday
. Here you go:
According to a media source, the buzz in college basketball circles is that Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson will be fired Friday for violating telephone restrictions and then lying to both the school and the NCAA. Our source says that the school is looking to act quickly with Sampson because if he were to guide the 13th-ranked Hoosiers to the Final Four - it’s entirely possible with talent like DJ White, Eric Gordon, and a cadre of role players - it would be much more difficult (nearly impossible) to fire him. If the school doesn’t cut the cord with Sampson Friday, it is possible that he could gain traction among fans via victories (the Hoosiers host Michigan State Saturday, and Purdue Tuesday) despite his misconduct.
I'm not sure I buy the logic behind this, I have never known an athletic department to make a preemptive move against winning
, but I suppose a source is a source. This is curious because the stipulations of the allegations make it appear that Indiana is under no obligation to investigate or respond to the allegations until after the season and a hearing isn't scheduled until June. I think if this happened to a team with a less rabid fanbase than Indiana, the administrators would avoid causing any turmoil for the players until after the year. So I hope The Big Lead's source is credible (and a Chicago columnist seems to agree a firing is inevitable
), so the whole "blogs are irresponsible and ruining the lives of America's children" thing won't crop up again.
As for Kelvin Sampson, he is an incredibly stupid person. Despite knowing exactly what he was not supposed to do, he allegedly went and did it anyway, and then lied about it (if you still don't know what happened, read this
). All of the criticism the Hoosiers took for hiring him is justified, even if all this turns out to be untrue. Indiana needs a nice, quiet coach that wins basketball games. Kelvin Sampson is not that. That being said, Sampson is not an especially corrupt coach. He is merely an idiot. Things far worse than illegal phone calls are going on in college basketball recruiting and that is simply a fact. Hell, some of those "worse things" are actually legal. I wrote about the ridiculously questionable ethics surrounding Michael Beasley and Kansas State
earlier in the year (Frank Martin was fired from a high school in 1998 for fabricating his players' addresses and upon hiring the guy as head coach simply for recruiting Beasley, K-State said they had no idea about the high school ordeal... just click on the link for all the details, it's nuts). That, to me, is not nearly as stupid as what Sampson did -- shrewd might be a better word -- but it's still way more unethical despite being legal. And that was the only program I took the time to research. If you really want to dig deep, there are probably dozens of schools across the country that are doing some shady things to get ahead. Now I'm not saying Sampson shouldn't be punished -- clearly he needs to be fired (and he shouldn't have been hired in the first place) -- but before we crucify this guy for being all that is wrong with the sport, we should probably ditch this idea that the sport was pure in the first place.
Now, if you want to crucify him for being a complete moron...
Labels: Coaches are Assholes, Kelvin Sampson