Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan told five IU players Thursday afternoon that their coach, Kelvin Sampson, will not be on the sidelines Saturday when the Hoosiers play at Northwestern, a source has told CBSSports.com.
According to the source, Greenspan met with D.J. White, Eric Gordon, Kyle Taber, Lance Stemler and Adam Ahlfeld. The source confirmed the earlier report by CBSSports.com that Sampson will not coach the rest of this season but added that it remains unclear whether Sampson will officially be suspended pending a hearing with the NCAA or terminated.
Either way, the source said the players were told an official announcement will come Friday.
This development comes as part of the aftermath of an NCAA investigation, the results of which were released last week. The NCAA report alleged Sampson and some members of his staff committed five major recruiting violations. Among the charges was an allegation that Sampson lied to school administrators and NCAA investigators when probed about the possible violations.
Assistant Dan Dakich is expected to replace Sampson on an interim basis.
Indiana is 22-4 overall, 11-2 in the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the nation.