Greenspan, Calhoun presser at 5 p.m.

IU athletic director Rick Greenspan.

Greenspan said that he expects Kelvin Sampson to coach the Hoosiers tonight and for the foreseeable future. (He then told Pat Forde, the ESPN columnist who had asked the question, “I’ll let you editorialize on what foreseeable future mean.) But he admits that IU “has some work to do.”

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Calhoun is now explaining the “new” parts of the NCAA’s findings. She says that it’s clear the NCAA had access to more people than the university did. That led to the new findings.

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“That would be understating this to say this is a distraction,” Greenspan says.

He’s not sure how the team will handle this.

Greenspan is not sure if the university will impose further self-imposed sanctions. It may be considered.

As for whether Sampson could be terminated “for cause” (that is, he violated the terms of his contract), Sampson would likely need to be found guilty by the NCAA.

Greenspan said that the next step will be to evaluate the new information and decide where to move. He said this in response to a question about whether terminating Sampson’s contract had been discussed.

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Rick Greenspan says he has spoken to Kelvin Sampson frequently, and that the coach understands his perspective on this.

He said that Sampson understands the “significant implications” of these allegations.

Greenspan is now addressing Sampson’s job status. He expects Sampson to coach tonight, but he said that he thinks it is unpredictable how this latest scandal will affect the players on the team.

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Calhoun is now outlining the expected process. The university has 90 days to file more paperwork and then will go before the Committee on Infractions in June.

Greenspan has refused to answer the first two questions. Pat Forde of ESPN asked if he agreed that the violations were “major,” and he said he would not answer until reviewing that further.

He also will not say whether he thinks Kelvin Sampson lied, as the NCAA alleges.

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Greenspan is continuing to provide an overview of the situation, dating back to the summer when the first “inconsistencies” were found in the basketball coaches’ phone records. Since then, the athletic department conducted its investigation and submitted it in the form of the Ice Miller report. The NCAA has now done an investigation of its own, which led to the Notice of Allegations released today.

Calhoun is taking over now, saying that the NCAA has praised IU for its level of cooperation during the investigations.

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Rick Greenspan and Grace Calhoun have arrived.

Greenspan will have some very brief opening remarks.

Right now he’s just going over the situation. Talking about the fact that the university received the NCAA’s notice of allegation. He brought Calhoun along to answer any specific questions.

“It is regrettable, to say the least, that we are in this position,” Greenspan says.

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Basically everyone in the athletic department is here right now. People I’ve never seen before. Coaches of other sports. The whole gang.

Not sure what that means.

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We’re waiting for the participants to arrive.

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After hearing all day that IU would not have a press conference, we received an e-mail saying there will be a “media availability” with Rick Greenspan and Grace Calhoun at 5 p.m. at Assembly Hall. We’ll provide live updates and a full report afterward.

22 comments

  1. I don’t believe anything Greenspan says. Sampson was HIS hire. He has a vested interest to see Sampson succeed. He has no objectivity. I find it disturbing that he speaks in terms that separate him from what has happened. He knew what he was getting when he hired Sampson and more than a few questioned this hire. As the AD he is ultimately responsible for what his coaches and players do. What happens to Sampson should happen to Greenspan. I want to hear from the president. I don’t want to hear anything else from Greenspan unless it is announcing his own resignation.

  2. Let us know when both Sampson and Greenspan have been fired. I would expect that to be within the next 34 hours if the leadership at IU has any – ANY – backbone at all.

  3. The live IndyStar coverage of the IU press conference is still underway, but the pattern of IU’s response is already both clear, and unfortunate.

    At 9:16 AM today the IndyStar reported: “Indiana University men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson provided ‘false or misleading information’ to the school and NCAA investigators, according to a list of five ‘major’ violations the NCAA is alleging against IU.” By 2 PM the story hit USA TODAY, SI, etc.

    IU has already had five days to review the NCAA letter and allegations, but as of late afternoon on 2-13 we have only an obfuscating and defensive press conference, Mr. Greenspan’s generally useless and sycophantic IU response, and the almost unbelievable bureaucratic and self-serving comments by Ms Calhoun, punctuated by “ahs” from spastic reading of the programmed responses?

    Not IU’s finest hour.

    This issue goes way beyond whether phone calls may have been inappropriate or misconstrued, and goes to the core of whether IU’s basketball program, or even its athletic program, is being operated with integrity and competent oversight.

    Rather than IU’s officialdom being squirreled away trying to find a way to alibi the behavior, or with months to hope the furor subsides, the proper managerial action might have taken 15 minutes — 13 minutes for Mr. Sampson and Mr. Greenspan to get from Fee Lane to Bryan Hall, one minute to quietly dismiss Mr. Sampson and have him escorted off campus, and one more minute to equally quietly put Mr. Greenspan on administrative leave pending an internal review of his performance by a group to include elected trustees, faculty representatives, Dr. McRobbie in person, and a representative of the IHEC or Mr. Daniel’s office.

    IU’s performance to date on this fiasco, including some of its somnambulant and inept trustees, raises questions down the line: About Dr. McRobbie’s fitness to direct the IU system given his developing track records of hiding in a foxhole while his reports take a beating — not quite what contemporary management gurus mean by employee empowerment — and putting dollars ahead of academic values; and about a board of trustees that Mr. Daniels has packed with politically inspired but uninspiring appointments. Where does the buck stop at IU?

    Perhaps IU should create a one-time high level oversight group, consisting of national sports leaders — external to IU — with demonstrated integrity, to do a top to bottom review of the IU sports machine prior to IU’s NCAA hearing appearance? Perhaps start with Archie Manning as chair? This seems the only way that some honesty about the system’s values and operations might finally be provided to IU’s faculty, students and alumni, so IU can find some direction out of this mess.

    Part of this situation traces to the dominant goal of continuously feeding more dollars to the ever-expanding IU bureaucracy. Even setting aside the issue of what IU’s overriding missions and goals should be, the apparent desire to protect IU’s basketball dollar margin even if it entails lies and damned lies has turned into system counter-productivity. Mess with the integrity of IU long enough and the dollar flows to the IU Foundation might turn down. Thus finally motivated, the resultant image of Dr. McRobbie turning somersaults down Fee Lane, using Mr. Greenspan as a landing mat, might almost be worth the dollar hit.

    I am an IU alum, and my family holds five IU degrees. This kind of crap happens everywhere in collegiate sports, and will continue so long as an increasingly “professional” collegiate sports mentality and its increasingly rabid fans are allowed to drift away from our universities’ educational missions and some civilized values, so there is no naivete about IU’s being just one of a crowd. But, as an alum, and as a former IU faculty member who believes in the rules and tried to play by them, this IU performance stinks. It’s an embarrassment to every IU graduate, its current faculty and its students, as well as to those who have in good faith thrown endowment money at IU.

    Here’s a flash for Indiana’s Governor, for whom organizational integrity is frequently a case of peekaboo, fix it or bring on board some folks who will!

  4. I’m still baffled by you freaking dinks who want Greenspan fired as well. What has he done? Who could have predicted that Sampson would potentially be this stupid? Are you mad that he didn’t hire Alford? I’d STILL rather have Sampson than Alford. H*ll, Sampson could shoot a bald eagle and even then I’d prefer him over Alford.

  5. Dear God, Ron. Way to make my intentionally trite comment look exponentially more trite compared to your missive.

    Did you really just say “lies and damned lies?”

    You’re drinking cognac by your fireplace right now, aren’t you?

  6. Here here, Swampy! Greenspan took a risk. And just last year, when he was doing so well, everyone loved Sampson. I do not think both men should fall because of mistakes that Greenspan clearly had nothing to do with.

  7. Swampy, you old (young) fox, nope. Having a TNT though, post- posting so to speak — that’s tequilla and tonic…(-: /

    Keep on posting and keep these feather merchants honest…

  8. I agree with the comments – IU should pick a more believable spokesperson than Greenspan, who created the problem by hiring Sampson in the first place. Who will make the decision? Greenspan? Unthinkable!

  9. Though it’s fun being mad right now, and I am, that bit about the university needing cause in the form of final NCAA determination of guilt is being overly ignored. This is not an issue of at-will employment, and the university shouldn’t rush to fire him now only to increase the risk of litigation. I know it’s not as fun as just firing him this second, but the best path for the university could be suspending him until NCAA findings are final and/or hope he resigns in the meantime.

    That said, I don’t think he should be coaching tonight.

  10. So, I’m not a know-it-all on this subject, but I am a reasonable person & and life-long IU basketball fan. Here is my “lay-chics” opinion of this situation:

    1. I believed in giving Kelvin a fair chance and a clean slate when he came to IU. I like his coaching & the boys seem to be doing well under his leadership.

    2. I’m disappointed that he has let us down, and that he brought more conflict and heartache to the IU basketball program. The players certainly do not deserve this distraction! Having said that, I’m not ready to have him fired – Especially in the middle of the season. I think the manner in which he handles this situation will dictate my opinion of him in the future.

    3. These new allegations don’t mean alot to me because they are just an extension of what we all already knew about – Ole’ Myles & the NCAA just wanted to make sure they didn’t leave a single stone unturned in their attempts to create drama at Indiana. I don’t feel a renewed sense of anger toward Sampson.

    4. While I respect the fact that rules are rules, the violations are kinda stupid if you ask me. He made too many phone calls, or 3-way calls – So what?!?! Oh, but my favorite violation is him giving a potential recruit a t-shirt and drawstring backpack – Are you serious??? I cannot tell you how many times I have been given a free t-shirt or drawstring backpack for filling out a credit card application, or visiting an apartment complex! Who cares? There should definitely be limits on the gifts schools give, but a free t-shirt is hardly a major bribe & seems petty to me.

    That’s it for now. Go IU!!!!

  11. And everyone – Please remember that not allowing Sampson to coach tonight and in the near future would be punishing the IU basketball players, as well as Sampson. That does not make sense to me!

  12. It’s never too soon to do the right thing and letting Sampson go at this point is the right thing. If, and I repeat IF, he would have come clean from the start many of us would be willing to give him what amounts to a third chance. He lied and/or misled IU, the NCAA, and the fans. I like the guy. He can seriously coach. That’s not enough. Let me put it this way, the NCAA doesn’t just toss out five potentially “major violations” without a reason. So outside of all these allegations being completely false there is no wiggle room here. IU will recover. It will take some time but we have to turn the page and accept what has happened.

  13. Perhaps Sampson should have considered his players before placing both their program’s competitiveness and the reputation of their school in jeopardy.

    Please remember, he has already harmed them with his actions.

  14. The dictionary definitions of major are: 1. great in importance, rank or extent 2. of great concern; very serious.
    Do you really consider these are “major” violations??? Buying the recruits Escalades would be “major,” phone calls & t-shirts hardly qualify, in my opinion.

    I think Myles Brand has a “hard-on” for IU & I hold fast in my opinion that firing Sampson immediately would be detrimental to D.J. and the team.

  15. By the way, do you all remember the last decade that Purdue has caught hell fire for the incident with an assistant coach a few years back? (I’m sure you do). Coah Keady fired the assistant at the very first notice of the incident. Totally under Coach Keady’s radar, yet Purdue and Gene Keady have recieved hell for years.

    Well, I hope all of you are ready for what Kelvin Sampson has done to your program.

    Pete

    P.S. Boiler UP!!!

  16. Unfortunately, the dictionary definition isn’t relevant. The NCAA Bylaws are.

    19.02.2.1 Violation, Secondary.

    A secondary violation is a violation that is isolated or inadvertant [sic] in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit. Multiple secondary violations by a member institution may collectively be considered as a major violation.

    19.02.2.2 Violation, Major.

    All violations other than secondary violations are major violations, specifically including those that provide an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage.

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