Inside IU Basketball with Kelvin Sampson radio show

The last few minutes will be used discussing some of the details of exempt tournaments.

They are: A team is now allowed to go to an exempt tournament every year. They just can’t go to the same one during a four-year period. Indiana is in the Chicago Invitational Challenge this year, will go to the Maui Invitational Next year, the Coaches Against Cancer Classic the year after and then the Alaska Shootout.

Here’s a few tidbits of what Sampson said about UNC-Wilmington, tomorrow’s opponent:

“Really good team.”

“They’re going to really test our post guys. Any time you face a team that has a perimeter player that can shoot 3s and a guy who can score inside, you’re going to have problems.”

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More questions. Somebody wants to know about Armon Bassett’s improvement.

Sampson: Armon got a lot of work in this summer with the strength coach. That’s helping him get by defenders. He’s gained 10 pounds to use in that endeavor.

Bassett’s also more mature and experienced after a year. He’s seeing the court better.

And Sampson just called Brett Finkelmeier “Finkelheimer.”

I laughed too hard to hear the next question.

Somebody wants to know how well Kelvin Sampson has done at getting Indiana players to stay in the state. Sampson turns it around, and the kid in the audience says: “Pretty good.” Sampson seems to agree with this.

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Time for callers.

First question: Guy wants to know about Mike White. Why didn’t he play?

Sampson: “Means he’ll redshirt.”

Ok, Kelvin’s now picking questions from the crowd. He’s found one he likes as he reads off the cards. It’s about Dan Dakich’s impact.

Sampson: He’s pleased with what Dakich has done so far. Those guys got to know each other working summer camps.

Another caller. He wants to know how the Hoosiers will prepare to play five games in eight days.

Sampson: The mental part is harder than the physical part. The kids go through scouting reports on the other teams and are also working on improving their own execution.

Kelvin is picking another question: Do you think any players will leave early for the draft?

Sampson: Maybe. He wouldn’t name the player or players he thought who might do that, bu said that he wouldn’t try to persuade those players to stay.

A question about Errek Suhr. Kelvin says he misses the spunky guard out of Bloomington North.

“It seems like Errek and me fit like a glove during practices last year,” Sampson said.

Now Kelvin pulls rank as Fischer tries to go to break. “The name of the show says Kelvin Sampson,” says Sampson.

The final question of the segment has to do with the chest bump between Sampson and Gordon. Will the fans get to see many more of those?

“I think so,” Sampson says.

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Sampson likes the leadership on this team. Thinks he has a lot of guys who are capable of leading in their own way.

Now Sampson is saying that there aren’t many teams that play as tough a non-conference schedule as the Hoosiers will.

Back to leadership: a leader is someone who elicits a response, according to Sampson.

“I like to see how leaders respond when we have a bad practice,” Sampson said. “I like to see how they gather the kids around and pick them up. If they don’t, I blow the whistle and tell them I’ll see them the next morning at 6 a.m. They usually learn pretty quick.”

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Now to the basketball. Sampson says, after Fischer asks where he thinks his team is two games into the season: “I think we’re two games in.”

But now he’s getting into it, saying that his team has yet to be tested. Especially the freshman. But the upperclassmen are doing a good job of helping the young kids along.

Sampson says this year is much different than last year because he’s a little bit further ahead this year, as far as knowing the players he’s dealing with and them knowing what he expects.

But he won’t really know much about his team, he says, until the players face adversity.

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And they’re back. Oh man! It’s Bill Lynch.

Sampson’s talking about the speech he gave to the football team. He called Lynch to set up the talk. Sampson wanted to speak to the team because of how far the players have come since Terry Hoeppner’s death.

Lynch says that Kelvin’s message was perfect. He spoke to them Thursday night, and it resonated with the players. They were talking about it all night, he said.

Now Lynch is talking about the experience this year, and saying that the key to the season was the continuity allowed by the whole staff returning. He said the players get to know their position coaches like “surrogate fathers.”

Lynch on the locker room after the game: “That’s one of those where you just step back and take it in. Seeing those kids, that makes coaching all worthwhile.”

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Who could it be? I’ll go with Eric Gordon. Although he’s pretty shy. So maybe D.J. White. Any guesses?

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Apparently a light crowd over at the Den. Don Fischer attributes this to the fact that many students have gone home already for Thanksgiving. It could also be that many students I spoke with had no idea where The Hoosier Den was. It’s apparently a new eatery nearby another food court.

A minute into this thing and they’re already throwing it to commercial. But not before saying there’s a super secret special guest.

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It begins tonight. This year, the show is being hosted by Don Fischer from The Hoosier Den in Foster Quad.

Show starts at 7ish. I’ll listen in and provide updates here.

4 comments

  1. Good stuff. Was this site able to play the radio show live or after-feed? I had a hard time trying to find it in southern Indiana?
    bc

  2. CAN YOU TELL US WHERE IN OUR AREA WE CAN LISTEN TO THE COACHES SHOW. WE LIVE IN PERU AND GET THE LOGANSPORT STATION FOR THE GAMES BUT 102.3 DOES NOT CARRY THE COACHES SHOW.

    WE LOVE TO LISTEN TO THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO GET IT ON THE RADIO IF POSSIBLE IN OUR AREA

    THANKS AND GO HOOSIERS,
    BUCK HATTON
    50 YEAR FANS OF I.U.

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