Seems like a very long time. It was. This is the # of days that the Hoosier Faithful were put to the test. How strong was your faith? Was your spirit knocked down? Did your hope ever waver?
February 22, 2008 – Kelvin Sampson accepted a buyout of his contract effectively removing him as IU basketball coach.
December 10, 2011 – Christian Watford earned his way into IU lore by swishing a buzzer beater knocking off #1 UK and putting IU back in the Top 25 where they belong – Always
1385 days. WOW.
If you haven’t blocked it out of your memory let me provide a quick refresher. First – the positive. Tom Crean. I was real excited about the hire. I was excited how he embraced Indiana. And I was extremely afraid we weren’t going to get a proven coach with the upcoming… SANCTIONS. And then to quote the late Chris Farley “House Cleaning!” Not only did we lose our 2 best players to the NBA in DJ White & Eric Gordon, but also players like Jordan Crawford (now an NBA player) and Armon Bassett (who later led Ohio to a promising run in the Dance). Our two returning players? Kyle Taber & Brett Finkelmeir. WOW.
But for the true, the dedicated, and the faithful it was worth the wait.