So, if you’re reading the sports press with any regularity, you know about the NCAA investigation into Indiana hoops coach Kelvin Sampson — he’s accused of lying about phone calls made to recruits while already on probation for violating said rules while at Oklahoma. Odds are he’ll likely be given the pink slip sooner than later amid the usual sanctimony about Indiana needing to run a clean program, talk of the university’s integrity, and even the occasional comments popping up that former coach Bob Knight would never have gone about it this way.
If there are any people nostalgic for Knight in the wake of Sampson, they’re dumbfucks, plain and simple, no way around it.
Bob Knight, for all his coaching greatness, assaulted a police officer and a student, threw chairs in violent fits of temper, made stupid comments about rape (“lie back and enjoy it”) in an analogy about officiating, among other offenses of general douchebaggery. He never had a recruiting violation in his career and took pride in his graduation rates, but do not think for a second that somehow Sampson’s phone violations are worse than a bully who physically and verbally berated people in his reign as head coach.
Yes, Sampson is not exactly the greatest of characters if he’s violating NCAA rules yet again and lying about it, but let’s not go thinking that this is the worst crisis to befall Indiana basketball, which dealt with a powder keg in charge of its program for decades — even tolerated the behavior until it was put on display in the late 1990s.