We had to come out of our work-induced hibernation for a brief passage on what’s being reported from Indiana today. This is getting juicier than Lindsay Lohan’s tenderloin on display in New York Magazine.
Mutiny on the HMS Hoosier
Luke Winn is reporting that the IU players are on the verge of a full-scale mutiny if Kelvin Sampson is fired, as many are expecting his termination today. If assistant coach Dan Dakich is promoted, Winn writes that the players may walk out on the season in unison.
The source said that in meeting with Hoosiers players on Thursday night, IU athletic director Rick Greenspan informed them of the likelihood that Sampson would no longer be their head coach — either as a result of a termination or suspension Friday. The players’ response, according to the source? “If Sampson isn’t our coach, we’ll quit.” The source said this was the unified sentiment of the whole team, but was first expressed by the Hoosiers’ senior leadership in a smaller meeting earlier Thursday. Greenspan and the players reached a stalemate in the second meeting, with the athletic director reportedly asking them if “the whole season should just be canceled.”
We’re sure something like this must have happened at some point in college basketball history, but we certainly cannot remember something like this happening at such a high-profile program such as Indiana. Just thinking back in our lifetime, did the Michigan players in 1989 threaten to walk when Bill Frieder was fired? Who else?
Right now, though, everything is just speculation and talk. Players often threaten to transfer and/or cause problems unless a certain coach is fired/promoted/hired, but eventually emotions settle, reality hits home, and the players acquiesce. Put simply, we would be completely and absolutely shocked if the Indiana players actually followed through on this threat, considering the team they have and the possible March run they could make.