Sunday, October 15, 2006

Gordon Signs With Indiana

Regular readers of the blog know I'm a big fan of college hoops... specifically Marquette (my alma mater) and Illinois (got to know the Manual kids while covering them at 31, Shannon's alma mater).

From the Chicago Sun Times...

Ignoring the commitment Gordon gave to Weber last November after he was hired at
Indiana in March, new IU coach Kelvin Sampson, who preached integrity when he
was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, put a
full-court press on the 6-4 guard, who is listed as the nation's No. 1 prospect
by recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons.
''To lose the nation's No. 1 prospect is
totally devastating to Illinois recruiting,'' Gibbons said. ''They had hoped to
sign Eric Gordon and [Simeon's] Derrick Rose at one time. Now Illinois has lost
them both. The impact is unfortunate because Bruce Weber is a good guy who does
things the right way. All he could do was hope [Gordon] would stick to his word.
So much for ethics.''
Among the tactics that raised eyebrows, Sampson hired
Jeff Meyer, who was the elder Gordon's coach at Liberty University, as an
assistant. Sampson, who was sanctioned for breaking NCAA rules at Oklahoma by
making myriad recruiting phone contacts, also hired Travis Steele, a coach for
the younger Gordon's AAU team, as a video coordinator.

It's disappointing as a fan... and probably hurts the team/coach's reputation more than it has an on the court impact (most expect Gordon to be off to the NBA after one year).

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