Kelvin Sampson is currently an assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, but it was just last year he was coaching the Indiana Hoosiers and Eric Gordon. So why is he coaching the Bucks? Yeah, it didn’t turn out so well in Bloomington.
Sampson is serving his first year of a three-year probation for recruiting violations. In addition, Sampson can’t coach college basketball for the next five years without approval by the NCAA. But Eric Gordon’s recent comments should make every college stay away from Sampson for a very long time. From the Indianapolis Star:
"It was the guys that were doing drugs that were separate,”… Gordon said Sampson "tried to stop it," but the coach "was just so focused on basketball and winning and everything."
So Sampson knew about the drug use but couldn’t deal with it because he had to win. Hey, at least the man stayed focused on his win-at-all-cost mentality.
"Sometimes it felt like it wasn't even a real basketball team because of all the turmoil that went on,"
Keep in mind this is coming from someone playing on the Clippers.
Maybe Gordon should’ve realized who he had agreed to play under. Maybe he should’ve realized it when Sampson recruited Gordon, even after he had verbally committed to Illinois. Or maybe he should’ve realized it after Sampson got in trouble at Oklahoma for recruiting violations.
Despite all the problems, the Hoosiers went 22-4, so maybe Sampson won’t be away from the college coaching ranks for that long.