Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tyler Zeller and Watch Your Phone Calls

Five star high school senior Tyler Zeller, brother of Luke, took his official visit to Notre Dame last weekend. Zeller will make a decision in a few weeks after narrowing his list to ND, Purdue, North Carolina, and Indiana... which is my segue to the next topic.

Time to take away Kelvin Sampson's phone and send him to his room, the oft-investigated Indiana coach has struck again. Sanctioned by the University, the team will lose a scholarship next season and Coach Sampson can forget about his scheduled $500,000 raise. But haven't we heard this story before? The NCAA punished Oklahoma for 577 unauthorized phone calls made during Sampson's tenure. Fran Fraschilla has this to say about Sampson's troubles.

When you hire a guy with this kind of track record, you have to be prepared for the consequences. Unfortunately, Indiana is unwilling and/or unable to break ties with Sampson over the current issue. Not that I envy the school's situation. On the verge of a great season, this is the last problem any serious program (especially one with a rather clean history) wishes to deal with. For some feedback around Bloomington, click here.

Forget recruiting, sanctions, and everything else... it's time to focus on real basketball. College Hoops Net has a nice breakdown of the upcoming season. Hopefully Saturday I'll be able to give you a breakdown of the scheduled public practice. Hope you're enjoying your last few days off before the season starts, we hit the ground running in November.

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