By Dalton Walker
His coaching career stretches back to 1981 when he got his start at Montana Tech. He coached Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana, all schools known for solid basketball programs. He was easily the only Native coach at a Division 1 level.
He resigned his post from Indiana in 2008, less than two years after he was hired. Actually, he was forced to resign amid controversy that seemed to follow him from his prior days at OU in Norman, Okla.
Indiana got its hand slapped last month with three-years probation. The controversy was based on illegal telephone recruiting by Sampson.
I'm glad to give him another chance. But I'd say there are many Indians who haven't broken the rules who would be better role models.
Let Sampson serve his penance and rehabilitate himself. Then we can consider whether he deserves "role model" status.
For more on the subject, see Jocks Aren't Good Role Models.