Sampson resigned under pressure at IU in February amid allegations that he committed major NCAA rules violations by placing numerous impermissible phone calls to IU recruits and misleading IU and NCAA officials about the circumstances surrounding those calls. Indiana bought out Sampson’s contract for $750,000.
Meanwhile, new IU coach Tom Crean lost four more players today. Indiana officials confirmed that Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis, who had been suspended by former interim coach Dan Dakich earlier this spring, were permanently dismissed from the team, and that DeAndre Thomas and Eli Holman would be transferring. That leaves Crean with three returning scholarship players and eight total for next season.