Hoosier Shenanigans

In the year 2000 Bobby Knight was fired as head coach at Indiana University. Over twenty-nine seasons Knight amassed an unparalleled resume including three national titles and the last unbeaten season in D1 history. During his tenure Knight also ran a squeaky clean program which incurred zero recruiting violations. He was fired for his inability to abide by a zero-tolerance contract for his behavior.

In his second season at Bloomington Kelvin Sampson has already violated several recruiting standards. This comes after Sampson left Oklahoma under a cloud of similar violations.

So I ask – do you think IU is kicking themselves? What’s worse – a bully or a cheat?

11 Responses to "Hoosier Shenanigans"

  1. Jared   February 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Wouldn’t it be a perfect time for IU to fire Sampson. Then, convince Bob Knight to return to glory at Indiana!

  2. Casey   February 14, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah – I can hear the conversation now:

    “Hello, Coach Knight?”

    “Hi this is Myles.”

    “Myles Brand.”

    “Coach, we’ve had some time to reconsider our stance on your actions while you were a coach at Indiana. We were wondering if you would consider accepting the position as head coach of the Hoosiers.”

    The awkward silence at this point would be excruciating.


  3. Wally   February 14, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Not sure which is worse … the bully or the cheat … I think folks would like to avoid both if possible. But if an answer must be tendered, I’d take Knight over Sampson. Regardless, IU will not offer Bobby the job … there’s no way they’re gonna touch that.

    After they give Sampson his walking papers, I think they need to get someone “relatively young” who has proven themselves at least in a semi-to-high profile or mid-major program. Ideas might be: Mark Few at Gonzaga, Bennett at Wash St, Crean at Marquette, the coach at Southern Illinois … you get the idea.

    I think a healthy Indiana program is good for college hoops, so I hope the program survives this latest setback and does well in the future. It’s a shame … they were having such a good season … hope they can right the ship after they throw the captain overboard. Hey … What’s Quinn Buckner doing these days??


  4. Smitty   February 14, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I think that Bobby Knight has to be laughing all the way to next fishing hole. I would hope that if Myles was to ever call, that Coach Knight will just laugh and hang up the phone.

    I just wonder if Myles would have the guys to call Patrick Knight.

  5. JD   February 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Bobby Knight is many things but a cheat is not one of them. Having said that I do not think Brand regrets his move one bit to get rid of Knight. Knight had worn out his stay at Indiana. He was a bully and took it a bit too far. The university made the correct decision to relieve Knight of his coaching duties. Not having had much success at Texas Tech I wonder if it is Knight who has any regrets. With just some slight behavior modification he could have remained at IU and had many more years of success.

  6. JD   February 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    How about Steve Alford at Indiana??

  7. Muels   February 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    I thought that the PTI guys said that Myles was out of Indiana. I have not verified this, but would still doubt that Bobby would be interested in returning. I am still not sure why he left Texas Tech, except to get out of Pat’s way. Does that close the door on any other jobs in the future? I think it would be a year or two until even Bobby himself can decide that. Time will tell…

    Sampson, on the other hand, will be out by the end of the week (just my opinion)…

    On another note…as a Patriot fan I can’t speak to this, but do the rest of you want to see an end to “Spygate”, and are you afraid that your favorite teams might be found to be less than pure as the wind driven snow?…or do you want the cheatin’ bastards to get what’s coming to them?…

    Another thought…what do you make of the comment by Congressman Wexler that the only reason that the Roger Clemens show was performed at Congress this past week was that Roger’s lawyers insisted that the hearings be held? Are you kidding me? Why should Roger’s lawyers have power over the United States Congress. I am so glad this guy is seen as a Yankee now instead of the early (skinny) version as a Red Sock…

  8. Smitty   February 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Muels, I think you are mistaken. According to one of the Congress members, they had 4 pictures of Clemens throughout his careers. He was fat in all 4..

    Of course this was definitive proof of his innocence and now his going to heaven.

    Sampson is out.. Just a formality at this point. I think IU should bring in Norman Dale..

  9. Muels   February 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Smitty, I am going to depend on the tecnological wizardry of Casey to offer definative proof that Roger was a twig version of himself coming up as a Saux youngin’…

    could be wrong…

  10. Muels   February 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Smitty, I am going to depend on the technological wizardry of Casey to provide photographic proof of Roger’s early twiglike body early in his Saux career (oh, for those natural days)…

    If I’m wrong it wouldn’t be the first time…

  11. Casey   February 16, 2008 at 5:44 pm


    I like the Steve Alford idea.


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