Hoosiers Boycott Fri. Practice Over Sampson Flap

Dan Dakich’s career is off to an ominous start. The INDIANAPOLIS STAR reports that six Indiana players didn’t show up for the interim coach’s first practice Friday afternoon.

Indiana Hoosiers basketball huddle

The boycott - by D.J. White, Armon Bassett, Jordan Crawford, Jamarcus Ellis, DeAndre Thomas and Brandon McGee - was over Kelvin Sampson’s resignation, and the promotion of Dakich over fellow assistant Ryan McCallum, who was the more popular choice among the players.

Does this mean the Hoosiers won’t be showing up in Evanston on Saturday against Northwestern? (As an NU alum, a forfeit win is still a win - especially when your Big Ten win column contains a big fat zero.)

Well, AD Rick Greenspan said that “most if not all” of the “Indiana 6″ were back for the Friday night walkthrough, and he expects all players to travel up SR 37 & I-65 Saturday morning. But we shall see come tip-off.

But on his way out, Sampson reportedly met with his now ex-players and encouraged them to play on. In other words, Kelvin asked them not to phone it in.