The Kelvin Sampson Era, 2006-08

The Kelvin Sampson Era, 2006-08

February 22, 2008

On March 29, 2006, Kelvin Sampson was named the head coach at Indiana University following the resignation of Mike Davis. Sampson was the first Native American coach in the history of the Hoosier basketball program. Upon taking the reins of the Indiana Hoosiers he noted, “I love my job at Oklahoma and I would not leave OU for any job unless it was a job like Indiana. My family and I have had 12 great years at Oklahoma, the best years of our life, but Indiana is one of the great programs in college basketball and if they call and offer, it is a job as a coach that you have to take.”

In his first season at IU, Sampson led the Hoosiers to a 21-11 record overall and a 34th appearance in the NCAA tournament as a 7th seed in the West. IU beat first round opponent Gonzaga, losing in the second round to eventual Regional Champion UCLA, 49-54.

On February 22, 2008, Sampson was forced to resign as IU head coach, due to allegations of NCAA violations for making impermissible phone calls. The NCAA had informed IU that Sampson, while at Indiana, had committed five “major” rules violations. The NCAA alleged that Sampson knowingly violated telephone recruiting restrictions imposed on him, stemming from earlier violations made as coach at Oklahoma. More seriously, the NCAA also alleged that Sampson lied to IU and NCAA officials regarding his involvement in the impermissible calls. Assistant Dan Dakich was named as interim head coach for the rest of the ’07-08 season and Indiana was punished by the NCAA with three years’ probation for violations during Sampson’s tenure as head coach.

Kelvin Sampson record as IU head coach
2006-07 21-11 | 10-6
2007-08 22-4 | 11-2