Full text of McRobbie statement at press conference

Michael McRobbie arrives for his press conference

Thank you for coming here today.

I have a brief statement regarding the allegations brought by the NCAA against our men’s basketball coach.

Afterward, I will take a few questions, but I do not intend to engage in speculation or respond to hypothetical questions.

First, let me say, I am deeply disappointed by these allegations — and I share that disappointment with all those who love and support Indiana University. I fully understand the desire by many people for us to move quickly to bring this situation to resolution.

And, we intend to do just that.

Over the past week, I have carefully examined all of the allegations contained in the NCAA’s report. I have discussed them in great detail with Athletics Director Rick Greenspan, our vice president and general counsel, Dorothy Frapwell, and others. I am grateful for their input and advice.

Let there be no doubt. These are serious allegations of misconduct.

As president, I believe the most important measure of our success in intercollegiate athletics is not in the win-loss columns.

Rather, it is in how well we measure up to our own high standards for good sportsmanship, academic success, the welfare of our student-athletes, and playing by the rules.

It is my responsibility to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure that our men’s basketball program lives up to the high level of integrity that has always been its hallmark, and I am determined to do just that.

Therefore, today I am announcing that I have directed the athletics director to oversee an immediate investigation of these new allegations and make an assessment as to whether they are credible and accurate.

I have given him seven days as of now to complete this task.

At my direction, the athletics director will be assisted by Dr. Bruce Jaffee, professor of business economics and public policy and faculty representative on the Athletics Committee, and also by Vice President Dorothy Frapwell. They will be further assisted by outside legal counsel from the firm of Ice Miller.

In making this decision, I have attempted to balance our desire for a swift and prompt resolution of this situation with the equally important need for fairness and due process.

When this investigation is completed, the athletics director will use the findings to guide him in making a recommendation to me as to what our next steps will be.

I want to make it clear that all of us are going into this with no presumptions. I do not know what conclusions the investigators will come to regarding these new allegations.

In closing, I would like to note that we have arrived at this painful situation because the athletics director and his compliance staff did their job. They diligently monitored recruiting operations within the men’s basketball program and quickly and fully reported the irregularities they found. The system Indiana University has established for enforcing compliance worked, and I take confidence in that.

We must now move on to the next step of resolving these allegations against our men’s basketball program.

12 comments

  1. It amazes me how many irrational people there are out there that become that way when the stress levels rise. That is not the way a good leader reacts. A good leader keeps their head and uses all the resources at their disposal to make an informed and correct decision. I think that is the intention here and I’m sure when this is all over we will look back and believe that they did the best under the circumstances!

  2. …”I would like to note that we have arrived at this painful situation because the athletics director and his compliance staff did their job. They diligently monitored recruiting operations within the men’s basketball program and quickly and fully reported the irregularities they found.”

    But that isn’t what happened at all, and everyone listening to McRobbie knew that. Were there hoots and snickers when he said that? The compliance staff DIDN’T do their jobs, and neither did the “independant” investigation. That’s why we were all sitting here listening to this today.

  3. I thought I read somewhere that the NCAA interviewed a whole lot more people than IU did. And if Sampson was lying to IU folks…

    Just curious, but what did you who call it a “dog and pony” show expect McRobbie to say? A quick investiagation seems like a rational plan to me to avoid a lawsuit and make sure you have all the facts. IU can’t afford to get sued.

  4. There was bit of “dog and pony” in the press extravaganza. The possible overriding issue, however, was well stated in an earlier IndyStar story, relating why IU needs to take some time and cover the bases — the legal and liability implications of a wrongful termination suit. Acting ahead of the NCAA’s determination with hearing would require some defensible certainty that the allegations are true to not prejudice a subsequent suit.

    Due process for Mr. Sampson, in turn, is also a part of IU’s demonstrating integrity. It is far easier to take snap shots at this from the safety of the “comments” section of the H-T than from the caldrons bubbling at Bryan and Assembly Halls.

    The only dicey issue to this viewer, admittedly way on the outside, is that Mr. Greenspan has been given virtually a total bye for his execution of responsibilities? Maybe one disaster at a time is all the system can handle? Perhaps Mr. Greenspan has been totally hornswoggled by the whole cadre of basketball reports? Whatever his role, or lack thereof, it seems to this old CEO that there needs to be at minimum some serious career counseling from the head shed.

    Lastly, it was rattling around in my thoughts that were Mr. Sampson a class act, it might have occurred to him to voluntarily take a temporary leave, at least from coaching on the floor, to try to the extent possible to get the press focus off the IU players and the remaining games? Maybe the best outcome at this point is that the press, and all of we “insightful” armchair commentators, cool the rhetoric to let Dr. McRobbie and friends do their job?

  5. McRobbie is doing exactly what he should be doing – carefully building a case to terminate KS in such a way as to avoid costing the university millions. On the other hand, once the NCAA makes charges, they stick regardless of merit. This is not going to end well for IU or KS. If KS and IU would only agree to a severance package that precludes firings, just cause, and the inevitable lawsuits, he could leave now and the program could get on to damage control before the next couple years and millions of dollars go down the drain. For God’s sake, Kelvin you’re toast – do the right thing and let the program move on.

  6. Well said Ron. I am also sure that whatever “career counsiling” Mr. Greenspan gets from Dr. McRobbie’s wood shed will remain unpublished.

  7. I read that IU’s investigation will not include interviews with the players that the NCAA interviewed. Instead, they will review the transcripts of the the NCAA interviews.

    Considering that it seems these are the interviews that turned up the heat on the allegations, it would seem Indiana should come to the same conclusion, which is that Sampson knowingly violated the terms of his sanctions.

  8. For God’s sake, Kelvin you’re toast – do the right thing and let the program move on.

    I agree!

  9. Andy Katz said that Senderoff was the key witness for the NCAA. He used the phrase “he told the truth to the NCAA” which would seem to indicate he lied to IU investigators. If you can believe him, he is the smoking gun.

  10. I agree with most comments that state what is good for IU. Now looking at it as to what action is best for coach Sampson I cannot help but feel that guilty or innocent the best move for him is to voluntarily step aside and thank IU for the trust we showed him.
    He can salvage some decency and respect. Dragging this out is like putting an electric sander to your head and pulling the trigger

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