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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The E! True Hollywood Story of Kelvin Sampson – Revised

Kelvin’s downfall began in 2000-2001 season, with a poor showing at the NCAA tournament. Many attribute the 1st round loss to Indiana State to JR Raymond, who was the starting PG before getting dismissed from the team prior to the tournament. What did JR Raymond do to get kicked off the team?


In 2002, Hollis Price emerged as a team leader, and with Eduardo Najera, they ventured into the final four. 2003 was more of the same with Hollis Price taking the Sooners to the Elite Eight. This was uncharted territory for the Sooners, and with it came high expectations for Kelvin Sampson. Two straight successful years, and many more expected. This is also when the Oklahoma Coaching Staff started to be investigated by the NCAA for making illegal contact with recruits.

Well the 2003/2004 season was a rebuilding year, which brought Jabahri Brown to Norman, OK. However, he only made it through the Big XII tournament. Why you ask?

Weed and Weapons seemed to get in Jabahri's way. After being caught by the Norman PD, Kelvin took disciple into his own hands, releasing Brown from the team. What happened to Jabahri Brown anyways?

During the Jabahri Brown investigation, they found his favorite pipe, which he had cleverly stashed underneath a tree.

A young, Mark Mangino was called on site to make sure that this contraption was really used to smoke pot.

The marijuana and weapon’s charges not only lead to Brown's dismissal, but also a limited time behind bars.

The 2003/2004 season ended with a second round loss in the NIT. Knowing this was a rebuilding year somewhat saved Kelvin from the ridicule of the Sooner fans.

The 2004/2005 season was somewhat uneventful. With a team packed full of Juniors, and a JC transfer Taj Gray, the team was invited to the NCAA tournament once again. Unfortunately, the second round loss was not what the Sooner fan base desired. However, with all these juniors, they still had next year.

The 2005/2006 was an extended version of the 2004/2005 season. Kelvin’s team had problems scoring points, but the last second wins kept rolling in. Pressure was starting to build as the NCAA did not accept the University of Oklahoma’s self-imposed sanctions, and the NCAA scheduled a hearing for Mid April. Reports of over 500 illegal phone calls, in person conversation, and lack of intuitional control were mentioned by the NCAA.

OU gained an at large bid to the NCAA tournament, and to celebrate, Terrell Everett decided to smoke a few joints. Well, he was caught by the Norman PD. However, Kelvin took a different stance with Everett than he had in the past two similar situations (Brown and Raymond), he decided to allow Everett to start in the first round of the NCAA tournament. However, it didn’t help, OU lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to an unknown UW-Milwaukee team.

Why? The reason I wrote all of this is to show that Kelvin knew he was going to jump ship, and he didn’t care about any penalties enforced on the OU basketball team. This shows me that Kelvin is a very selfish individual. Why would Indiana want him?

Hey Kelvin, Keep the denim clean!!!!


  • For once I completely agree with you Dillon. I think that if it is proven that a coach is responsible for sanctions against a team then those sanctions should follow him wherever he goes. I just don't think it is right that you can leave the program and therefore not have to deal with what you made happen. I know this happens everywhere not just Oklahoma, but it still doesn't make it right. I give Kelvin 4 years at Indiana, he will get a good team there with 0 National Championships just like at OU and then the fan base will call for his head.

    One thing you were wrong about was that winning was uncharted territory for OU, they played in the National Championship game in the eighties against Kansas. Also they were a very strong and winning program while Billy Tubbs coached at Oklahoma, but that was a good try to make it appear that like everyone else thinks OU is a football only school. Look at their records over the years and this will be proven 100% false.

    By Anonymous Schilling, at 4:39 PM  

  • Schilling,

    I used poor wording to express what I was trying to say. I meant to say that consistant winning was uncharted territory for Kelvin Sampson while at OU. That period was tough on Kelvin, because he wanted to continue to win, but he was loosing his AA (Hollis Price). If Hollis Price was not an AA, then he should have been.

    Anyways, Kelvin leaving probably bodes well for OU. I think he was the primary person being investigated, and with him leaving, the severity of the punishment should go down.

    Do you think little sampson will transfer?

    By Anonymous Dillon, at 7:35 AM  

  • i live in Louisville now and there are a bunch of indiana people here. THEY HATE SAMPSON. can you believe that? i swear, they hate anybody who isn't bobby knight

    By Blogger Sminklemeyer, at 1:05 PM  

  • I can't say I completely agree with these statements. But there are some.

    First, I've read that Kelvin may end up with some of the sanctions following him and he will still be called to the NCAA discussion in Salt Lake (scheduled for mid - late April).

    And I don't think the sanctions will be THAT much more drastic than they have been already. I think the NCAA just wants to let everyone know they're serious about this. Otherwise Indiana would not have hired him - they have the 'in' with Myles, so I think that's a fair indicator of the future ramifications. I'm also a Sampson supporter that wishes (and honestly thinks) him well @ IU. He'll keep DJ White and some others, and play Little 11 basketball. I'll enjoy watching his games here in the Chicagoland market.

    All that being said, I have mixed emotions about Kelvin leaving. I don't think he is as dirty as Dillon thinks. But let's be serious - he would think his own elderly relative was dirty if they were coaching OU.

    I also want to go back further than Tim has with OU's successes. Oddly enough, OU started playing good basketball under Dave Bliss (he of Baylor 'fame') in the late 70s. Then Billyball arrived, and they've never looked back. But the funny thing is that OU fans wanted the ability to play halfcourt basketball by the time Sampson came in. Now 12 years later, they're ready for a return to that same up-tempo style.

    Kelvin also wanted bigger things though. Perhaps the Rick Barnes model of up-tempo @ Texsux is what a football school needs to capture a basketball fan's attention. Nonetheless, I know Joe Castiglione will make a good hire. He's got a hell of a track record already with Sonny Galloway (baseball) and Stoops, not to mention he did a great job just keeping Kelvin as long as he did with his annual suitors.

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