Sampson's move to IU is still having an impact

Providence is now on the clock.

The aftershocks of Kelvin Sampson's decision to leave Oklahoma for Indiana -- more than three months ago -- reached Providence head coach Tim Welsh's desk this week, so if Welsh wants to blame someone for suddenly needing to fill an assistant coach job in the middle of the July evaluation period, he can point at the former Sooners coach.

How so? Well, follow this trail:

Sampson went to Indiana ... then VCU head coach Jeff Capel went to fill Sampson's spot at Oklahoma ... then Florida assistant Anthony Grant left to replace Capel ... then Notre Dame assistant Lewis Preston bolted to replace Grant ... then Virginia assistant Gene Cross left to replace Preston.

Finally, last week, Virginia head coach Dave Leitao tapped Providence assistant Bill Courtney to replace Cross.

Friars, you're next.

Sampson's move to Bloomington has, by far, had the most reaching impact of any coaching move this offseason. His decision has already spawned more than 30 moves and counting, affecting at least 19 different programs as far-reaching as national champion Florida, the MEAC's South Carolina State and the Ohio Valley's Tennessee State.

"I have thought about it and I know it's crazy, but that's why they call it coaching," Sampson said.

To put a dollar figure on Sampson's decision is difficult. Schools don't release moving costs but some did tell ESPN.com the average for assistants and head coaches is in the $5,000 to $10,000 range per move. Clearly, when coaching salaries are factored into this, Sampson's decision affected hundreds of people and was a multimillion-dollar decision.

"When someone big like that moves, there is always a domino effect, but I never knew it would affect me," Cross, dressed in a Notre Dame golf shirt, said this week while he evaluated talent in Indianapolis at the Nike camp.

Cross and Preston are good friends, so when Preston went to Florida, the two talked. Since Cross is from the Midwest and originally went from DePaul to Virginia, it was a natural for Cross to go back to the area.

"I never thought that Kelvin was the one that triggered all this," Cross said.

Cross pointed out that coaching change dominos don't always reach across the country. The College of Charleston's decision to hire Bobby Cremins, who had been out of coaching for six years, stopped that change from affecting too many programs. When Leitao went from DePaul to Virginia last year, Jerry Wainwright replaced him from Richmond and Richmond hired Chris Mooney from Air Force, but Air Force hired Jeff Bzdelik, who was out of work after being fired by the Denver Nuggets. Bzdelik kept the remaining Falcons' assistants who stayed behind, stopping that chain.

"I didn't even think about all of this, because were in the middle of our run [to the Final Four]," Grant said of Sampson's decision to go to Indiana. "I was settling in after the national championship and after Jeff took the [OU] job, I got a call -- and then five days later I was the head coach [at VCU]."

As soon as Grant was introduced at VCU, he called Tony Pujol at Appalachian State to offer him an assistant's position. The dominoes kept falling.

"I never would have thought about it [affecting me]," Pujol said of Sampson's decision.

The same type of comment was echoed by everyone who was affected by Sampson's decision.

"Never, never, never crossed my mind," said Ben Betts, the former South Carolina State head coach who left that position to serve as Capel's assistant at Oklahoma.

"One decision, though, affected me and so many other players and coaches and families," Betts added. "I read about this on ESPN.com but you just don't know how stuff is going to work out."

Will it end at Providence? Or will the dominos keep falling, almost 1,000 miles and more than three months removed from Sampson's original decision?

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.