Of course, I have to bring up the fact that Sampson already ignored recruiting rules, and he apparently lied to the NCAA. If he landed another coaching job before the five years were up, what would really prevent him from breaking the rules again?
The best part about all of this is Sampson’s official reaction, a statement which said he was “deeply disappointed” by the NCAA ruling and “things that happened on my watch and therefore I will take responsibility.”
Uh...yeah, okay. You made phone calls to recruits. That’s a far cry from "happened on my watch" and it’s even farther from "take full responsibility."
Taking full responsibility means admitting that you, Kelvin Sampson, repeatedly called players when you weren’t supposed to, even though you knew the rules. It means admitting that you not only knew the rules, but you did it because you thought it would help you land those players. It means admitting that you cheated, you knew you were cheating, you did it anyway, and you shouldn’t have. That’s taking "full responsibility."
All Sampson is doing is what has become common in the United States culture: break the rules, break the law, and then, even when caught, admit nothing. Then, go on about your life as though nothing ever happened and wait for people to forget.
Although I honestly don’t know how seriously making extra phone calls really ranks on the "rule breaking" scale, it bothers me more that Sampson can’t even admit to this minor offense.