IU makes it official: Ratliff gone

Here's the release from IU:

Indiana University senior A.J. Ratliff (Indianapolis/North Central) will not return to the team men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson announced today.

"Both of us agreed that it was in his best interests to focus on himself and to work through his personal issues," said Sampson. "We wish him the best."

He played in 93 career games and averaged 5.8 points.


  1. And he was about eight games away from finishing the season. You’d wish that he could still make his senior speech but I doubt that happens. Especially when there is a mutual agreement.

    Godspeed, AJ. May you find peace.

  2. Ratliff never had a chance. First it was the coaching of Mike Davis, then the free reign of Kelvin Sampson.

    And now, he gets thrown to the wolves.

    An Indiana Mr. Basketball deserved better than either of those two so-called coaches.

    Good luck A.J., you deserved better.

  3. J.D. — What are you talking about, “free reign?” Under Coach Sampson, the IU Men’s Basketball team has more strict RULES and discipline than they ever did under Coach Davis. Their study table minutes, class attendance, etc. are all closely monitored (as always) and there are consequences when expectations are not met (team RULES broken, etc.). In addition, consequences are often applied to the entire team, not just the one player who is short on study table minutes and so on. Have you not noticed several times, just this season, when players are benched for “breaking team rules?” I am disappointed that A.J. could not find the self-discipline to make it as a member of this team this year. He had a lot of potential and, sadly, seems to have wasted his opportunities. On the other hand, I am glad that other members of this team have taken the initiative to step up when needed.

  4. “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle”. Our prayers are with you A.J. We will miss you.

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