02.23.08 10 years ago 4 Comments

Embattled basketball coach Kelvin Sampson accepted a $750K buyout from Indiana University yesterday to step down for violating recruiting restrictions.  Hoosier players had threatened to boycott if their beloved coach was ousted: 

It appeared nearly half the team was prepared to sit out Saturday’s game in protest after White, guards Armon Bassett, Jordan Crawford and Jamarcus Ellis, and forwards DeAndre Thomas and Brandon McGee skipped [interim coach Dan] Dakich’s first practice Friday afternoon. But sports information director J.D. Campbell said all the players attended Friday night’s walkthrough, and Saturday morning they left together for Northwestern.

Too bad for Northwestern basketball fans who were looking for the Wildcats to get their first Big Ten win this year. I can hear you laughing – "Good one KD, like there are Northwestern hoops fans" – well, see the Chief's weekend predictions below. Anyway, some anonymous donor coughed up $550K of the cash, so IU could buyout Sampson. I wonder if any of KFC's regular patrons would offer me cash to leave if I revealed my frequent cross-contamination violations. -KD  

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