Kelvin Sampson has been effectively thrown under the bus by most people around Indiana University. The school president, Michael McRobbie, announced Friday afternoon that the charges against Sampson are serious and while he has no preconceived notion of guilt or innocence, he wants his athletic director, Rick Greenspan, to report back to him in seven days. So what is Greenspan supposed to find different from what everyone already seems to know?
McRobbie says he wants the situation between the NCAA and Indiana resolved quickly but that likely won't happen. The parties are to meet in Seattle in June, but Indiana will obviously take action against Sampson, perhaps as early as next week. His chances of keeping his job are minimal in my mind. The NCAA has more than just allegations in its findings. The question is how to get rid of Sampson and prevent him from filing a lawsuit over being discharged illegally. That's what Ohio State did to Jim O'Brien a few years ago and a judge gave O'Brien millions in a settlement.
It will be interesting to see the reaction to Sampson and the Hoosiers' team from the IU fans when Michigan State shows up to play Saturday night. ESPN's Game Day program begins at 11am and gee, do you think this will be the major issue discussed before the nation's sports fans all day long? The stress on Sampson, his staff and players must be extremely high and for that reason I think Michigan State will win the game. If Indiana wins it would be remarkable to me-- the distractions are just too prevalent for players to perform at their best.
Tom Izzo and Sampson have been friends but Tom was pretty cautious when asked about it after practice Thursday. Whether Sampson's actions have caused some of his coaching friends to turn on him or not remains to be seen, but the Hoosiers' once promising season sure seems headed straight downhill beginning Saturday night against MSU.