Bloomington, Ind. - As painful as it might have been, all Kelvin Sampson wanted to do was talk about his team's last-second loss to Wisconsin.
Moments after Brian Butch had banked in a game-winning 3-pointer to hand the Badgers a 68-66 win over the Hoosiers, Sampson welcomed any questions about Butch's improbable shot, why he opted not to call a timeout to set up a potential game-winning retort, and anything else surrounding his team's crushing defeat.
But he wasn't interested in answering questions about the NCAA's Notice of Allegations which were made public Wednesday morning.
Instead, Sampson read a prepared statement that refuted the suggestion that he knowingly violated the sanctions imposed on him in the aftermath of his troubles at Oklahoma, or that he knowingly misled or lied to university and/or NCAA officials during their investigation.
"I am aware the NCAA has issued a notice of allegations. The allegations that I knowingly I acted contrary to the sanctions imposed on me for violations that occurred while I was at Oklahoma are not true," Sampson said.
"I have never intentionally provided false or misleading information to the NCAA. I intend to work within the NCAA process on this matter, and I look forward to my opportunity to do so. I do not anticipate having any further comment until after the process has been concluded, and I've been able to address the allegations with the Committee on Infractions."
Pressed on whether or not he had given any consideration to resigning in the wake of the report, Sampson refused to go into the subject any further.
"I'll answer anything you'd want to ask concerning the game tonight," Sampson said. "Other than that, I'm not commenting on this anymore."
It's hard to imagine that the day's news wouldn't serve as a distraction to an IU basketball team that has had to deal with a slew of them in recent years. IU Athletics Director Rick Greenspan said that Sampson met with the team this morning to alert them to the report, but D.J. White maintained that it didn't get in the team's way Wednesday night.
"There has been nothing outside affecting the team," White said. "We are a family. We stick together through whatever."
That's good to know, because the coming days and weeks will include much more of the same as the season winds down. While Sampson might remain quiet and IU's appearance before the NCAA Infractions Committee is still four months away, this story isn't going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
Sampson Fends Off NCAA Inquires...For Now
Peegs.com Top Stories
Following the Future: IU commits in actionPeegs.com recaps how each member of the 2017 Indiana recruiting class performed in their most recent game, and what is next on the schedule for every Hoosier commit.
Video intro: McRoberts not your usual walk-onAs a former Division I scholarship player and younger brother of a long-time NBA veteran, Zach McRoberts may be ready to help more than your typical walk-on
Video intro: Sophomore walk-on Quentin TaylorIndiana sophomore walk-on Quentin Taylor compares this Indiana team to last year's Big Ten champions and looks ahead to his future after his IU career.
Indiana depth chart vs. MarylandCheck out the Indiana two-deep for this week's game against Maryland.
B1G Teleconference: Wilson, Durkin transcriptRead the full transcript of what Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson and Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin had to say yesterday on the weekly Big Ten Coaches Teleconference.