Hearing begins…..(with updates)

[9:50 UPDATE]

We wanted to talk to Sampson, and we did. As the hearing let out, reporters manned all known exits. Sampson resorted to coming up through a service stairway and making a dash to a van that had pulled up and was waiting for him. But as he made his way out the door, a few reporters caught up with him. He was cordial.

“It went well,” he said. “It’s a process.”

When asked if the hearing went as he thought it would he said, “About what we expected. We’ll be back tomorrow.”

The hearing resumes at 8:30 local time tomorrow morning.

[8:45 UPDATE]

No, I wasn’t taking a nap. Though I thought about it. The hearing is scheduled to end for the day in about 15 minutes. There probably won’t be any news to come from the exit.

[5:38 UPDATE]

I’m keeping busy by waiting. We’ve been told that today’s hearing will go to 6 p.m. local time, and will probably have to be resumed tomorrow.

[4:00 UPDATE]

Everyone here is a bit shaken by the news that Tim Russert has died.

Tom Crean, returning from lunch, said: “Puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?”

[3:20 UPDATE]

Kelvin Sampson is determined not to have his picture taken today. Or maybe he is determined not to see any of our faces. Either way, he is avoiding the media throng at all costs.

Being the intrepid folk that we are, we were able to discover a plainly marked exit that leads to the alley behind the hotel. So, as the group prepared to break for lunch, two cameramen were dispatched to the area. First, Rob Senderoff and his entourage exited and went out to lunch.

Then, according to the reports from the AP photographer and Indianapolis’ WISH TV (Channel eight) camera guy, two guys believed to be affiliated with Sampson emerged for a separate door in the same area. Upon seeing the offending lenses, they scurried back inside.

Here’s the question that seems obvious: Why go to such extremes to avoid having a few photos snapped and saying,”No comment?”

Anyway, I’m now going to go find a schematic of all underground tunnels running through this part of Seattle. Wish me luck.

[2:50 UPDATE]

In 10 minutes, the hearing will break for lunch. Currently, I’m attempting to get the scoop on where they will go. My guess is that they will not appreciate the culinary delight know as Qdoba that is located adjacent to the hotel. Their loss.

[2:00 UPDATE]

Kelvin is indeed inside the meeting. We’ve received confirmation from Stacey Osburn of the NCAA.

Hopefully, he’ll come out and chat when they break for lunch in an hour. I will purchase him a sandwich or something.

[1:45 UPDATE]

A few photos from today:

Hotel Deca

Here’s the hotel Deca, where the hearing is being held. It rises out of a hip little neighborhood near the University of Washington’s bucolic campus north of downtown Seattle.

Here are some of those boxes.

Former assistant coach Rob Senderoff enters the hearing room behind an unidentified guy carrying a lot of paper work. Those boxes almost fell, but Senderoff made a quick save and prevented a catastrophic spillage.

Jeff Meyer makes his way into the conference room.

Former assistant coach Jeff Meyer enters the hearing. We presume the other person in the picture is his lawyer, Stuart Brown. He pulls off the pink with aplomb.

That’s Rick Greenspan

That’s Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan. He walks alone.

Tom Crean’s pants.

The man walking through that door is current Indiana coach Tom Crean. Promise. If you look closely you can see his hand and part of his suit.

I completely missed taking a picture of him because, in typical Tom Crean style, he whizzed by us in a caffeine-fueled flash. Also, I’ve got a lousy camera that turns off if you don’t take a picture within 13 seconds of pressing the power button. This is OK for a birthday party or day at the beach. It’s not so good when you are stalking people outside of a trial.

[1:30 UPDATE]

Two things surprised me as we watched everyone file in for the hearing: first, that Jim Delany, the Big Ten commissioner, is here. We didn’t know he would be, and we assume he’s here to help Indiana’s cause. Second, that there were like 25 huge boxes of paperwork carried into the room.

[1:13 UPDATE]

There is, apparently, a back door. And it appears as though Kelvin Sampson may have slipped through it, and right past us.


Indiana’s hearing with the NCAA began minutes ago.

Most of the involved parties entered a conference room in the Hotel Deca through the main entrance, starting at about 9:30.

With one notable exception: Kelvin Sampson.

There are seven reporters/cameramen/photographers standing outside the door to the conference room. None of them saw Sampson or his lawyer, Mike Glazier, enter the room.

We’re trying to figure out if Sampson could have arrived earlier or gone in another way. We do not know if there is a separate entrance.

An NCAA representative said that the involved parties are generally there for the entire hearing; it would be unusual for Sampson to have been told to show up for his testimony at a later time.


  1. This guy tried to do something that could have happened in the years of Jerry Tarkanian @ UNLV. It makes me sick that he did it @ IU. He doesn’t have much credibility and knew he wasn’t gonna get a job in NCAA so he went to the NBA. A more corrupt league to play in. Too bad all this referee stuff is somewhat taking the glory from a Lakers-Celtics Finals.

  2. Hahaha, Sampson coming out to chat?? Chris, please tell me you’re being sarcastic.

  3. It’s likley Kelvin Sampson slithered through a sewage pipe into the building.

    I predict he pulls a muscle while pointing fingers at everyone but himself.

  4. Cate,

    I rarely, if ever, utilize the cheap rhetorical device known as sarcasm in any of my blogging.


  5. Chris, Sammy should surely buy you a sandwich with his awesome severance pay. Thanks for the photos and updates.

    PS…..it is raining in the Gulch again. Rain in Bloomington and dry in Seattle? go figger.

  6. Good grief, I’ve talked about this @#$@#$ hearing so much my co-workers are asking me how it’s going every half hour or so ……….. at least they care ……..it’s touching. Of course, they’re all Tennessee fans, so they add in little comments about ‘Well, if Negedu goes to Indiana, he could play right away’ then sort of chuckle.

  7. Thanks for the pics Chris. And your attempt at humor as well (just kidding dude). I cant help but laugh that Sampson decided it was best for him (and no one else) to use the backdoor. Kind of a fitting entrance for a guy who always tried to hide from the rules.

  8. Call in Jack Bauer. He will have Chloe send the schematics to his PDA and will find whoever you want. He will also do a good job of persuading them to answer your questions! Have him spend some extra time with KS.

  9. Thanks so much for the info…

    I will give you a $50 if you can get a clean open field tackle on Sampson…

  10. I’ll match Casey’s $50 and up it $25. So that’s $125 total. Come on people, if we bid this up enough, he’ll actually take Sampson out. That would be unbelievably wonderful!!

  11. that would be tackling a pack of lies……. So is this $$ for Chris to tackle him? No way! Chris is a professional and it is certainly not beer thirty in Seattle.

  12. Sampson has already been taken out…twice. No need to expend any energy on him.

    Hope that Greenspan and entourage do a better job presenting to the NCAA than what they have done in the public so far. *Cringe*

    And the next shoe to drop is the pressr that Greenspan is to be let go. And Herbert is taken off of any contract relationship with IU. And Brinegar is gone…

    Hopefully IU wont get the lack of monitoring charge added.

  13. lol anti-spam is adding numbers, ironic since it was adding that got IU in this spot anyway.

    I believe the only people who will truly get penalized in this whole mess are the fans, and the two character players we have left.

  14. “That’s Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan. He walks alone.” – Well said.

    Was Tim Russert there?

  15. Hey Chris-

    I recommend you grab dinner at Tokyo Garden Teriyaki, on University Ave near the intersection of 45th right by the hotel. If not, try Nasai Teriyaki on the same street down a few blocks on your right.

    My old college stomping grounds…ahhh, those were the days…looks like with the state of IU’s two major sports, I’ll have to follow the Huskies a little closer this year

  16. I was at the hearing and had a chance to talk to Chris, nice guy.

    It was mentioned Sampson came into the hearing from a back door so that no press would see him/talk to him. I was surprised that ALL witnesses where in the hearing room together, rather than witnesses appearing separately, with their associated legal counsel.

  17. Chris:

    Nothing like covering an event that transpires outside of both eyesight and earshot.

    Seems to me you deserve, sometime soon, to Ivar’s Salmon House on the scenic shores Lake Union.

  18. Chris,

    Daniel’s on Lake Union is a good restaurant and good quality seafood there, about 15 minute drive from University area.

  19. The above missive was supposed to read “adjourn to Ivar’s Salmon House…”

    Crean’s comment on Russert: Yep. Sometimes we all get our knickers in a knot over athletic programs and NCAA regulations and other such stuff, but it’s hardly life and death.

    Sports certainly enhanced Russert’s enjoyment of life, though he knew politics was really the biggest game in town, and further knew that providing people the truth mattered more than the politics. He will be sorely and sadly missed.

  20. The smell of a skunk lingers long after the skunk has left.Yes it is coach sampson.

  21. where there is smoke , there is fire ,THIS MAN DONE MORE THAN ILLEGAL PHONE CALLS.
    but Indiana will end up better because of him.

  22. Wow, your editor must be wondering why he approved your travel expenses to cover a closed door meeting. Those Sampson quotes – what a scoop. At least you are not an IU journalism grad.

  23. cs,

    My editor knew full well that the hearing was closed. Yet we still felt it was important to be here.

    You probably won’t be surprised to hear that many, many of the stories we chase never make it to print. News, in most cases, ends up being something somebody somewhere doesn’t want you to know.

    But we’ll keep trying.

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