Does IU already have a short list?

February 15, 2008
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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced Feb. 15 that the university will launch an immediate investigation into new NCAA allegations against men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

Athletics Director Rick Greenspan will oversee an assessment as to whether allegations of potentially “major” recruiting violations raised against Sampson are “credible and accurate,” McRobbie said.

Greenspan will have until Feb. 22 to complete the investigation and report back to McRobbie with a recommendation on what further action should be taken, McRobbie said during a short press conference.

Even though Sampson likely will be the team’s coach for the next two games, and maybe the entire season, speculation already has started to swirl about who should be IU’s next coach should the ax fall.

The names that have surfaced are Washington State coach Tony Bennett, son of former Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett; Baylor coach Scott Drew, son of Valparaiso coach Homer Drew; Ohio State’s Thad Matta and New Mexico’s Steve Alford.
WFNI-AM 1070 talk show host Eddie White even lobbied for Texas Tech’s Pat Knight. The son of The General, however, has already gone on record saying he isn’t interested.

What do you think? If Sampson goes, who should replace him?
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  • I can't imagine any of those, especially Matta, wanting to come to Indiana, facing probation. The best chance would be to get an established clean coach, but again, is Indiana the job someone like Mike Brey, Kevin Stallings, or Tom Crean. The better route would be to find a young up and comer who could fit in for years, like Keno Davis or Ron Hunter.
  • For those of us who attended IU in the '80's or before, Indiana will always be a basketball school. I'm not certain that the current generation still feels that way. Why would they? Similarly, the younger generation of coaches are going to see a school facing probation, possible recruiting problems and a suffering program. IU bball tickets are not longer the toughest and most expensive tickets on the aftermarket. A new coach is no longer taking over a fabled program, steeped in history. They'd be taking over a good, but not extraordinary, divison I bball program that has been flailing for the last two decades.

    Twenty years since your last championship makes this a different Indiana. There would have been lots of coaches clamoring to coach the old Indiana. Not sure that this current Indiana holds the same allure.
  • If IU is looking for an up and coming coach what about Dane Fife? He is an IU grad and current head coach for the IPFW Mastodons. At 28 he is one of the youngest Division I coaches. Fife played under the legendary Knight for two years and has recently spent time learning from Tom Izzo. MSU is only 130 miles up I-69 from Fort Wayne.

    Tony Bennett is 38 and Scott Drew who has rebuilt the Baylor program is 37.

    There are coaches who will come to IU even with the possibility of probation without rehashing some of the old tired names like Knight and Alford.
  • The next IU coach is Jamie Dixon
  • Tom Crean would never consider Indiana. He will never leave Marquette. He is worshiped there and will be for many years to come.
  • How about Isaiah Thomas.
  • Tom -- Dixon has a heavy buyout.

    Hazel -- Greenspan won't allow anyone connected to Knight to come in. That's why Dakich isn't an acceptable interim. This is wrong, but I think Greenspan should be fired as well as Sampson. This happened because he hired Sampson, knowing the problems. Bennett and Drew? Maybe. Neither of them will be hot names the way that Keno Davis will be. You don't hire a coach who didn't even take his team to the tourney.
  • As a Purdue fan, I endorse Steve Alford for the job. I would love to see him continue fielding mediocre teams in Bloomington. If not him, then let's bring back Knight... he's had 1 good season since '94, so of course he's a guy who won't bring IU back to glory ;)

    In all seriousness, I think IU should try to convince coach Knight to take the AD job after Greenspan is fired. He could certainly bring back some integrity and credibility to the program, although it might make it tough to hire a good coach since they might be worried about Knight looking over their shoulder.
  • I've been told that every good Div. I athletic director has a short list of candidates for football and basketball coaches handy in his desk drawer at all times. The question is, is Greenspan a good athletic director. And what is his ability to attract the people on that short list to IU. I'd say given his track record from two years ago, that is in doubt. The institution still has drawing power. I'm not sure about some of the people at that institution. The question becomes, what is their drawing power?
  • I've thought about, researched it, tinkered in the lab, and here is my short, but growing list:

    Tom Crean (Marquette)
    Sean Miller (Xavier)
    Jay Wright (Nova)
    Rick Barnes (Texas)
    Mark Turgeon (Texas A&M)
    Mark Few (Gonzaga)

    Big Bucks Required List (Mark Cuban I hope you're reading this):
    Billy Donovan (Florida)
    Thad Matta (Ohio State)

    Please Not:
    Alford, Knight, Isiah, nor Whitman, please these are not the direction we need to go in.

    I really think Crean or Miller are solid picks. Plus, THE CREAN AND CRIMSON is kind of catchy. These are 2 up and coming coaches that will make a jump to a major program sometime soon, might as well be us.
  • Saying that they'd never hire anyone associated with Bob Knight is just stupid. You don't think they'd all be willing to amputate their right arms with a rusty butter knife to get someone like Mike Krzyzewski? He's a Bobby boy, just cleaner. Bobby was a great coach. Lousy human, but a great coach. People associated with Knight don't have Knight's personality. A lot of great coaches were spawned by other great coaches who also happened to be lousy SOBs. This should be an issue solely of getting the best coach you can get for the program, and not the best coach you can get for the program that has no affiliation whatsoever with the guy who produced the best results the school ever saw. If your dad's a jerk, it doesn't always mean that you're a jerk. None of the mentioned Bobby disciples has Bobby's hand up his butt directing his movements.

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