Sampson speaks

Kelvin Sampson speaking at the facilities groundbreaking in June.Quick recap of a Kelvin Sampson press conference earlier today:

  • Sampson will host a breakfast on the morning of Hoosier Hysteria (Oct. 12) to raise money for Coaches vs. Cancer. The event begins at 6:30 a.m. and costs $100 per person. There will also be auctions — including a chance to be coach for a day — and a program consisting of speeches from Sampson and former players.
  • Sampson said he had not heard an update on the status of Eli Holman, the freshman center who has yet to be cleared academically by the NCAA Eligibility Center. He also has no timetable for when he expects a decision to be made, and refused to talk about what would happen if Holman didn’t qualify.
  • Sampson will put the full team through a workout on Friday. It will be the first time the whole group is together since before the Bahamas trip. They’ll workout for an hour, mostly working on fundamentals, according to Sampson. The players are allowed to workout two supervised hours per week, and on Monday Sampson broke them into groups of four (the most allowed to be together at the same time) by position — guards, wings, forwards — and did the work of putting them through workouts. During those sessions only one coach is allowed to be on the floor, and Sampson, because he wasn’t allowed to go on the road recruiting last year, has come to value that time with his team.
  • Speaking of recruiting, Sampson wouldn’t say how many players he plans on signing during the early November signing period. “As many as we need,” was his answer. The Hoosiers have four commits already — Bud Mackey, Devin Ebanks, Matt Roth and Tom Pritchard — and are thought to be in good position with at least two other players, including Washington, Ind., center Tyler Zeller.