Urban Meyer: Outlaw Coaches Not Afraid Of NCAA

Last Friday on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, Urban Meyer waylaid the Indy-based NCAA during an interview with host Dan Dakich.

Urban Meyer rips NCAA: Outlaw Coaches Taking Over

(Link to full interview on 1070 The Fan’s Dan Dakich Show)

Meyer ripped the NCAA from every possible angle, intimating that outlaw coaches have taken over the profession while the coaches who run clean programs are forced to be “politically correct” as they suffer a “competitive disadvantage” in silence.

Meyer also noted that he himself assembled recommendations for NCAA rules enforcement last year and sent out his plan to various college athletics administrators. Recommendations that apparently fell on deaf ears - at least from the NCAA rule enforcement perspective.

Along with the audio from 1070 The Fan below, I’ve transcribed the follow excerpted comments from Meyer’s interview with Dakich below:

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Marvin Lewis Chad Johnson

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Confirmed: Kelvin Keeping Current On Cingular Bill

Days after accepting a $750,000 buyout from Indiana University in the wake of accusations he lied to NCAA officials about phone-related recruiting violations, the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reports Kelvin Sampson has been seen texting his former Hoosier players.

Kelvin Sampson on the mic

Jay Mariotti has an anecdote that includes Sampson texting IU’s Armon Barrett - as the columnist paints a scene of torn player loyalty that may well have an effect the team’s performance.
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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.) Read more…

FOXSports.com Report: Sampson Fired By Indiana

Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com reports today that Indiana Coach Kelvin “Sampson was informed early Thursday that he will no longer be the coach at Indiana, numerous sources told FOXSports.com.”

Kelvin Sampson Shirts Fans

The official announcement is expected to come Friday, when the university’s self-imposed seven-day investigation period ends. When asked to confirm Sampson’s firing, Indiana director of media relations J.D. Campbell told FOXSports.com, ‘I don’t know that to be true.’”

WTHR in Indianapolis also reports Sampson is officially out and his replacement for the rest of the season will be assistant coach Dan Dakich.

Now IU fans are hoping Dakich will soon become shades of Steve Fisher.