When will the carnage finally end?
Indiana University athletic director Alan Greenspan has announced his resignation in light of a new charge leveled against the program; Greenspan in specific. The newest in a pathetically long list of NCAA charges is “failure to monitor.” As Mark Alesia and Terry Hutchens write in today’s Star:
The charge — the fifth “major” allegation against a program that has been found guilty of none in its previous 108 years — means the school had monitoring procedures in place, but they were not adequate and effective. It is less serious than “lack of institutional control” but still could bring serious penalties, including a postseason ban.
Think about the above paragraph. The IU basketball program had not received one violation – not one – in the program’s 108 year history. This program spent 106 years building and maintaining a sterling reputation in NCAA basketball. It was a winning and storied program that attained such heights in an ethical and self-disciplined manner. In the course of two years that reputation has been ruined. In the past year they have received multiple violations, several of which are of the severe category, and all of the violations were infracted under Greenspan’s watch.
At Thursday’s press conference Greenspan stated:
It is extremely regrettable that the actions of a few have brought so much disappointment to so many.
I concur. I also think it obvious that Greenspan is one of the few whose actions – hiring a cheater, and inactions – not monitoring the cheater, are directly responsible for all of the disappointment.
How could an AD hire a known cheater and then not watch every move he made? I am all for second chances, but second chances shouldn’t come with free passes. It has become painfully obvious that Sampson and his staff were not responsibly monitored; regardless of Greenspan’s and IU’s affirmations to the contrary. If the staff of cheaters were properly monitored then how did all of these infractions occur? And when the violations were finally noticed, why was the assistant coach – Rob Senderhoff – fired and not the head coach? Could it be that Greenspan slapped The Cheater on the wrists because with two future NBA first round selections and a solid supporting cast he smelled Big 10 championship and a possible Final Four.
The listless, lethargic, and lamentable, post-Sampson, post-season play of my beloved Hoosiers was almost enough to make me cheer for the Kentucky Wildcats (I speak as a fool). Greenspan should have immediately fired Sampson. Instead, the assistant was made the scape-goat, and gasoline was poured onto the already burning IU progam. All that is left now are ashes from which Tom Crean must build.
Terry Hutchens interviewed Greenspan after the press conference. In the interview the athletic director who orchestrated the fall of Indiana University basketball stated that he “hopes people will look beyond the Kelvin Sampson fiasco”.
What else is there to see? What else could people possibly remember form the “Greenspan Era”? Kelvin Sampson and Alan Greenspan are eternally linked in the annals of IU infamy.
It’s enough to make you want to throw a chair.