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Indiana Tosses Sampson on the Altar; Hopes to Appease NCAA

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Indiana showed Kelvin Sampson the door a little over a week after the NCAA served notice of five major violations committed under his watch in less than two season in Bloomington. Assistant coach Dan Dakich was named interim head coach and if that name sounds familiar to UNC fans it's because he was the guy who shut Michael Jordan down during the Sweet Sixteen game versus the Hoosiers in 1984. Yeah, there are plenty if Tar Heel fans that still are not over that one.

The decision to part ways with Sampson came amid a potential player revolt which culminated in several Hoosiers missing practice today. Now the Hoosiers can put this behind them and the promotion of an assistant coach this close to the NCAA Tournament is reminiscent of Michigan giving the same job to Steve Fisher in 1989. Indiana had been playing extremely well of late so it remains to be seen whether that will continue or if they can put together an inspired run to the Final Four.