March 15, 1996 |
The cameras were flashing during warm-up drills, and Oklahoma senior guard Ernie Abercrombie saw the lights. Instead of taking the conservative approach and just laying the ball in, he decided to be pretty. A reverse layup? A dunk? Try both. And as coach Kelvin Sampson approached him, the flashing lights suddenly dimmed. Sampson's face wrinkled in disgust. Abercrombie looked sullen. You could have heard a dime drop. "You know better," Sampson said sternly. "This isn't the time for that.
May 24, 2006 |
Villanova landed another recruit yesterday when 6-foot-1 point guard Scotty Reynolds made an oral commitment to play basketball with the Wildcats in the fall. The McDonald's all-American from Herndon High in Virginia had committed to Oklahoma, but he was released from that agreement when the school replaced coach Kelvin Sampson with Jeff Capel this spring. Sampson left to coach at Indiana. "They develop their guards and develop their players," said Reynolds, who held a news conference at his high school to announce his decision.
March 21, 2002 |
Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson's 72-year-old father had emergency brain surgery after falling ill during a practice. John W. Sampson, known as Ned, had surgery for a subdural hematoma, or blood collecting on the brain, at about midnight Tuesday, Oklahoma team physician Brock Schnebel said yesterday. "My father, growing up, he was a high school basketball coach . . . " Kelvin Sampson said before breaking down in tears. "I'm sorry," he said, covering his eyes with his hand.
February 16, 2008 |
Kelvin Sampson's future as Indiana's basketball coach could be determined by next week. University president Michael McRobbie said yesterday the school will conduct a new investigation into NCAA accusations that Sampson committed five major rules violations. A recommendation on what action to take is expected by Friday. A school investigation last year revealed Sampson and his assistants made more than 100 impermissible calls. That occurred while Sampson was on NCAA probation for making 577 improper phone calls between 2000 and 2004 while coaching Oklahoma.
March 29, 2006 |
Indiana will hire Kelvin Sampson as its basketball coach, taking him from an Oklahoma team under the cloud of a recruiting investigation to lead one of the most prestigious programs in the country. Sampson broke the news to his Sooners team yesterday, the same day Indiana players were informed, one of the Hoosiers players' relatives told the Associated Press. Details were being worked out yesterday afternoon, and the deal was expected to be announced shortly, said a person close to the talks who requested anonymity because negotiations were ongoing.
February 15, 2008 |
A Nevada high school football coach whose player faked his recruitment filed a defamation suit against school district officials yesterday, accusing them of trying to make him the scapegoat in the embarrassing hoax. Fernley High School coach Mark Hodges is seeking more than $20,000 from the Lyon County School District and school board members after the scam, in which Kevin Hart claimed he had been recruited to play for two Pacific Ten Conference schools. Hart later admitted he had made up the story.
April 1, 2006 |
Quinn Buckner distanced himself from Indiana basketball after Bob Knight was fired 6 years ago. Now he thinks it's time to get reacquainted with the program and hopes Hoosiers fans follow him. Buckner joined other former Indiana players yesterday in offering their support to new coach Kelvin Sampson. "I was in the shower, and I said to myself, 'You've got to get over this. This is your university and at some point, you've got to be supportive of what they do whether you like it or not,' " Buckner said.
October 15, 2007 |
In a four-overtime thriller in Boise, Idaho, Taylor Tharp lofted a short pass to Jeremy Avery on a crucial two-point conversion to help Boise State beat Nevada, 69-67, last night. Ian Johnson scored from a yard out to set up the winning conversion for Boise State (5-1, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference). Nevada (2-4, 0-2) matched the touchdown in the fourth extra period on Luke Lippincott's 8-yard run, but Boise State's Tim Brady ended the game by sacking Colin Kaepernick on the two-point conversion attempt.
November 26, 2008 |
After months of uncertainty over an embarrassing telephone scandal that rocked Indiana's basketball program, the NCAA placed the Hoosiers on probation for 3 years, but imposed no additional penalties. Former coach Kelvin Sampson, now an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, faces potentially 5 more years of recruiting restrictions if hired by another school. The NCAA imposed recruiting restrictions on Sampson through November 2013 and a recruiting ban for the first 3 years.
March 18, 2008 |
North Carolina was the only school among the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men's tournament to graduate at least 50 percent of its players. A report released yesterday found 86 percent of Tar Heels men's players earned diplomas during a 6-year period. The other top seeds were far worse: 45 percent at Kansas and 40 percent at UCLA and Memphis. The study was conducted by Richard Lapchick, head of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.