Wednesday, February 13, 2008

IU Integrity

Illinois finally had a good night last night beating Minnesota for the 18 consecutive time. Then I read this morning about Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson who according to NCAA investigators, "failed to deport himself … with the generally recognized high standard of honesty." Given that many of Illinois woes have stemmed from poor shooting and that this years freshmen class was supposed to include Eric Gordon the Big Ten's leading scorer this year I am not surprised at the report and it does little to wash away the disappointment from this season. Gordon of course originally committed to Illinois before switching to Indiana. His original committment caused other shooting guards to go to other schools which hurt Illinois' ability to replace Jamar Smith who is redshirting this year and Rich McBride who graduated.

What this really shows is that integrity and character always surface eventually. Sampson had issues with both while coaching at Oklahoma and I expect that he will likely lose his job at Indiana over these problems. Unfortunately he will likely coach long enough to make a deep run in the NCAA tourney. You can read the whole story here if you would like.

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