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Readers called for Sampson's firing

Friday, February 22, 2008

More often than not, lying gets a person in trouble.

In the case of Indiana University head men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, it cost him his job.

University officials confirmed Friday Sampson has resigned and accepted a $750,000 contract buyout following major allegations of making improper phone calls to recruits and then providing false and misleading information to investigators from both the university and the NCAA.

The Brazil Times polled its Internet readers this week regarding the situation surrounding Sampson and the majority of those readers agreed with the university's decision.

More than 190 readers responded to The Times' recent poll, 'What should be done with Indiana University head coach Kelvin Sampson?'

Readers were given four options regarding the situation, including:

* He should remain IU's coach,

* He should be fired,

* He should be suspended, or

* It doesn't matter.

Of the 192 respondents, 67.7 percent (130 readers) said Sampson should be fired by the university.

A total of 23 voters (12 percent) said they believed Sampson should be suspended while 21 voters (10.9 percent) said he should remain head coach of the Hoosiers.

Eighteen voters (9.4 percent) said the decision did not matter to them.

Last week, the NCAA released information regarding the situation stating Sampson had provided false information after being questioned about improper phone calls to recruits.

University President Michael McRobbie launched an internal investigation, to be led by IU Athletic Director Rick Greenspan.

On Thursday, reports stated Greenspan met with players regarding the situation.

Three readers also commented regarding the poll question.

One reader stated, "Not only did he violate his restrictions, but he took steps to cover up his actions. Any normal employee for any other company would be fired. He is no different," while another reader said, "He should be suspended until the NCAA makes a ruling and then he should be fired!"

The third comment stated, "Bring back Bobby (Knight)."

The men's basketball program at IU has not been guilty of a major NCAA infraction since 1960.

The Times' current poll question is asking its readers, "Are you ready for a few more weeks of winter?" Readers have two options to respond to, including:

* Absolutely. I can't wait for more snow, or

* Oh my goodness no. When does spring start again?

Readers also have the opportunity to comment regarding the question.

Poll Results

Question: What should be done with Indiana University head coach Kelvin Sampson?


* He should be fired -- 130 votes (67.7 percent)

* He should be suspended -- 23 votes (12 percent)

* He should remain IU's coach -- 21 votes (10.9 percent)

* It doesn't matter -- 18 votes (9.4 percent)

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