According to multiple sources, including the one I found from this link, Kelvin Sampson has been ousted from his coaching job at Indiana University.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University officials met behind closed doors Thursday to consider the future of embattled basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.
Indianapolis TV station WTHR and FoxSports.com both reported that Sampson had coached his last game at Indiana and that assistant coach Dan Dakich will take over as interim for the rest of the season.
The NCAA has accused Sampson and some members of his staff of five major recruiting violations over improper telephone calls to high school players. The university was reviewing the allegations and had set a Friday deadline for a report and recommendation on action.
University trustee Philip Eskew Jr. told The Associated Press that he had been notified by e-mail that Indiana would have an announcement on Sampson’s status Friday but did not have details.
WTHR also reported that by Friday afternoon, Sampson and the university will reach a financial settlement ending his employment, or he will be suspended pending termination under the terms of his contract.
IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre declined to comment on the report.
“I don’t have any knowledge on that,” he said.
An NCAA report last week accused Sampson of providing false and misleading information to university and NCAA investigators about the phone calls and failing to promote a high standard of honesty and an atmosphere of compliance in the program.
Sampson has said he never intentionally provided false or misleading information to NCAA investigators.
A report by the university in October detailed more than 100 impermissible recruiting calls, most of them by assistant coach Rob Senderoff, who has since resigned. But at least 10 of them were three-way calls that Sampson had been patched into, a violation of NCAA restrictions imposed on Sampson for previous telephone improprieties while he was coach at Oklahoma.
The university has contended the violations were secondary, not major.
Dakich, 45, a former Indiana player and assistant coach and former head coach at Bowling Green, took Senderoff’s spot on the coaching staff in early November.
Dakich, who was hired as IU’s director of basketball operations in June, is subject to the same restrictions the university imposed on Senderoff, who was banned from calling recruits and making off-campus recruiting visits for one year.
The NCAA has scheduled a spring hearing on the accusations. Proven major violations come with penalties that include teams being excluded from postseason tournaments.