Kelvin Sampson Leaving Milwaukee Bucks, Heading to Verizon

Kevin LuchanskyAnalyst IMay 11, 2008

Kelvin Sampson, former Indiana University men's basketball coach and NCAA rules violator, has left the Milwaukee Bucks organization.

Sampson was recently hired to be an assistant on Scott Skiles' Milwaukee Bucks staff.

On Sunday, Sampson announced he would be leaving the organization after a very short stay.

"I was approached by another organization and they gave me an offer I couldn't refuse," Sampson said. "They convinced me that my career was in telecommunications, not in coaching."

The organization — Verizon Wireless — convinced Sampson that he would be a perfect fit for their new "Will you play for me now?" campaign.

Sampson cited several reasons for accepting the position, the biggest one being his excellence in persistent phone call use.

"He's no stranger to excessive phone calling and text messaging," a Verizon spokesperson said Sunday. "He'll be a great fit with our company."

Verizon's monthly plan will give Sampson unlimited minutes and text messaging.

"My new monthly plan will allow me to talk to every potential D-1 basketball player and the NCAA can't restrict that," Sampson said. "That way, if I ever get back into coaching, there will be a multitude of recruits I've already been in contact with for years."

Verizon has not placed any restrictions on Sampson regarding future recruiting endeavors.