New sanctions to be imposed on IU coaching staff

  • 10/14/2007 11:26 am in

ks.jpgThe following press release was issued by Indiana Media Relations:

The Indiana University Department of Athletics today announced that a series of recruiting sanctions and corrective actions are being imposed on men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff.

The new limitations on recruiting efforts, which include loss of a scholarship next year, were imposed by Athletics Director Rick Greenspan after he determined that Sampson and his staff last season had exceeded certain NCAA limitations on telephone calls to prospective student-athletes or their representatives.

“We determined that the impermissible calls occurred because some staff members did not fully comply with the sanctions they were operating under,” Greenspan said. “We are addressing that problem, and we are voluntarily extending these limitations on recruiting for another season to ensure that the full effect of NCAA restrictions on recruiting is realized.”

Greenspan also announced that Sampson has voluntarily agreed to forego a scheduled $500,000 raise during the 2007-08 season, and that assistant coach Rob Senderoff will be prohibited for a year from making recruiting phone calls and from recruiting off campus. In addition, Senderoff will receive no bonus this season or salary increase next year.

This summer, the Athletic Department’s routine review of telephone records compiled by assistant coaches turned up evidence suggesting that some calls contrary to the sanctions may have been made.

Greenspan then commissioned the Collegiate Sports Practice of the Indianapolis law firm of Ice Miller to conduct a full and independent investigation.

The review, which took more than two months, determined that on about 10 occasions, an assistant coach initiated three-way calls that connected Sampson into an on-going recruiting conversation with prospective student-athletes, their parents or coaches.

In addition, the review indicated that of all recruiting calls made during the year, the majority of those that were found to be contrary to the sanctions were made by Senderoff. Only two calls were attributed to Sampson.

“Those were just a small fraction of the thousands of allowable phone calls that were made and received during this time,” Greenspan said. “However, Indiana University expects full and complete compliance with all NCAA rules and sanctions. That is why I am imposing a new round of recruiting restrictions and sanctions on Coach Sampson and his staff. I want to send a strong message that nothing less than complete compliance with the NCAA is the standard by which we operate.”

The full Ice Miller investigation report has been provided to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions for review. Because 35 of the calls by assistant coaches were also determined to be in violation of NCAA limits on the number of times an athlete may be called, a separate report detailing these instances is being prepared for the NCAA’s enforcement staff.

“Based on all of the evidence gathered in our investigation, we have taken the action that we deemed as appropriate and have reported that to the NCAA,” Greenspan said.

Obviously this is not the type of news Hoosier fans were looking for to start off the season. A press conference will take place later today where more information should be divulged.

In the meantime, here are some links to coverage of this story:

– IU fines, punishes Sampson for illegal calls {Indy Star}

– The evolution of the Sampson story {The Hoosier Scoop}

– Athletic department sanctions Sampson, staff {Indiana Daily Student}

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  • jaime gongora

    I’m rather ticked off right now. do we even have enough scholarships for 09 for stephenson and strickland? I like sampson, and in the end its just phone calls, but how could they be that obtuse? Every single time I’m happy to be a hoosier something (like mackey and mike davis) always takes me down. grrr.

  • jaime gongora

    I’m rather ticked off right now. do we even have enough scholarships for 09 for stephenson and strickland? I like sampson, and in the end its just phone calls, but how could they be that obtuse? Every single time I’m happy to be a hoosier something (like mackey and mike davis) always takes me down. grrr.

  • jaime gongora

    I’m rather ticked off right now. do we even have enough scholarships for 09 for stephenson and strickland? I like sampson, and in the end its just phone calls, but how could they be that obtuse? Every single time I’m happy to be a hoosier something (like mackey and mike davis) always takes me down. grrr.

  • Luke

    Man after friday night and the great time with all the energy it was a great high. And now to here this, it is really depressing. I think KS is doing a great job and do think he will bring us back winning championships but this was really stupid. I mean it’s phone calls and you know how many you are allowed can’t they count? I want to positive about this but it is so aggrivating. I would think this will hurt getting Zeller, and possibly jones,stephenson,and strickland. Lets hope not.

  • Luke

    Man after friday night and the great time with all the energy it was a great high. And now to here this, it is really depressing. I think KS is doing a great job and do think he will bring us back winning championships but this was really stupid. I mean it’s phone calls and you know how many you are allowed can’t they count? I want to positive about this but it is so aggrivating. I would think this will hurt getting Zeller, and possibly jones,stephenson,and strickland. Lets hope not.

  • Mark

    Fire him. This is crazy. He promises it won’t happen again and now this. Fire him and let Dakich take over for the year, someone who is new to the staff and hopefully had nothing to do with it, then begin searching for someone who appreciates doing things the right way. IU should fire Greenspan if he doesn’t fire Sampson.

  • Mark

    Fire him. This is crazy. He promises it won’t happen again and now this. Fire him and let Dakich take over for the year, someone who is new to the staff and hopefully had nothing to do with it, then begin searching for someone who appreciates doing things the right way. IU should fire Greenspan if he doesn’t fire Sampson.

  • Luke

    Big A, do you think he should be fired over this?

  • Luke

    Big A, do you think he should be fired over this?

  • Luke,

    Firing Kelvin Sampson would be an overreaction and a mistake, in my opinion. However, there are a lot of Indiana fans who seem to think that’s what should happen. I am disappointed in the coaching staff because they knew the rules and chose not to follow them. I am also disappointed because coach Sampson said that the phone call problems were in the past and wouldn’t happen at Indiana. I am glad that the university was proactive in this situation and took swift action against the coaching staff. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again because I have a feeling that the outcome would be much different.

  • Luke,

    Firing Kelvin Sampson would be an overreaction and a mistake, in my opinion. However, there are a lot of Indiana fans who seem to think that’s what should happen. I am disappointed in the coaching staff because they knew the rules and chose not to follow them. I am also disappointed because coach Sampson said that the phone call problems were in the past and wouldn’t happen at Indiana. I am glad that the university was proactive in this situation and took swift action against the coaching staff. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again because I have a feeling that the outcome would be much different.

  • Luke

    Thanks Big A I feel the same very disappointed but do not think he should be fired at this point. I just hope the NCAA thinks that IU made the sactions hard enough and don’t do anything else.

  • Luke

    Thanks Big A I feel the same very disappointed but do not think he should be fired at this point. I just hope the NCAA thinks that IU made the sactions hard enough and don’t do anything else.

  • kelin

    This is extremely disappointing and after hearing KS say we are going to do things the right way in his speech Friday really really makes it a further downer. I understand the “cut” throat job of recruiting but I do not want to win at the cost of playing by the rules.

    This is a black eye on IU now, given the other stuff happened at OU, and I would not be surprised if the NCAA came down on us tougher. Losing a scholarship could hurt us in getting one of the guys we really want but that is the price to pay……

    Now should he be fired….I really want to say NO because I really like KS as a coach, I like what he has brought back to IU as a national power, but I don’t like the “dirt under the finger nails” so to speak. So my answer is “I don’t know”. I can’t accept the fact it has happened again and to be honest apparently there is NOTHING in place to monitor or stop these phones calls.

    KS and his assistants need a pre paid phone card! or a couple of books of stamps…

  • kelin

    This is extremely disappointing and after hearing KS say we are going to do things the right way in his speech Friday really really makes it a further downer. I understand the “cut” throat job of recruiting but I do not want to win at the cost of playing by the rules.

    This is a black eye on IU now, given the other stuff happened at OU, and I would not be surprised if the NCAA came down on us tougher. Losing a scholarship could hurt us in getting one of the guys we really want but that is the price to pay……

    Now should he be fired….I really want to say NO because I really like KS as a coach, I like what he has brought back to IU as a national power, but I don’t like the “dirt under the finger nails” so to speak. So my answer is “I don’t know”. I can’t accept the fact it has happened again and to be honest apparently there is NOTHING in place to monitor or stop these phones calls.

    KS and his assistants need a pre paid phone card! or a couple of books of stamps…

  • kelin

    This is extremely disappointing and after hearing KS say we are going to do things the right way in his speech Friday really really makes it a further downer. I understand the “cut” throat job of recruiting but I do not want to win at the cost of playing by the rules.

    This is a black eye on IU now, given the other stuff happened at OU, and I would not be surprised if the NCAA came down on us tougher. Losing a scholarship could hurt us in getting one of the guys we really want but that is the price to pay……

    Now should he be fired….I really want to say NO because I really like KS as a coach, I like what he has brought back to IU as a national power, but I don’t like the “dirt under the finger nails” so to speak. So my answer is “I don’t know”. I can’t accept the fact it has happened again and to be honest apparently there is NOTHING in place to monitor or stop these phones calls.

    KS and his assistants need a pre paid phone card! or a couple of books of stamps…

  • kelin

    …..and one more thing, if you were at Hoosier Hysteria Friday night the only chant that was as loud as Eric Gordon was Kelvin Sampson….I wonder if he will get the Mike Davis treatment when he is or IS NOT announced prior to games….I feel sorry for the players cause they are going to have to deal with this also…not sure who said it but I agree I don’t think TZ will come to IU and be part of this ….we may be in a Mike Davis situation again with a coach who may not be here very long…..damn this sucks bad bad bad….

  • kelin

    …..and one more thing, if you were at Hoosier Hysteria Friday night the only chant that was as loud as Eric Gordon was Kelvin Sampson….I wonder if he will get the Mike Davis treatment when he is or IS NOT announced prior to games….I feel sorry for the players cause they are going to have to deal with this also…not sure who said it but I agree I don’t think TZ will come to IU and be part of this ….we may be in a Mike Davis situation again with a coach who may not be here very long…..damn this sucks bad bad bad….

  • Paul Newbill

    A repeat offender of such a simple rule. I wonder if text messaging falls under the same category as “phone calls?”

    Sampson has been a great change from the Mike Davis era, but he MUST GO!!!!!!

  • Paul Newbill

    A repeat offender of such a simple rule. I wonder if text messaging falls under the same category as “phone calls?”

    Sampson has been a great change from the Mike Davis era, but he MUST GO!!!!!!

  • Paul Newbill

    A repeat offender of such a simple rule. I wonder if text messaging falls under the same category as “phone calls?”

    Sampson has been a great change from the Mike Davis era, but he MUST GO!!!!!!

  • Tim

    Didn’t Coach Sampson promise to “do things the right way” and “make you proud of us”. Well, they sure as hell didn’t do it the right way and I am in no way proud of this bull. How embarrasing. I am ashamed to be affiliated with Indiana University and a fan of Hoosier basketball right now.

    I heard a rumor that this was coming on Friday afternoon before Hoosier Hysteria, but I refused to believe it and let it drag me down during that celebration. Then to find out its true less than two days later. I feel sick right now.

    The rumor I heard also said the probable punishment was the loss of two scholarship and no postseason in 08. And with how accurate the rest of the rumor was, I’m terrified that the NCAA is going to bring down that exact punishment too. Right now I’m trying to forgive this even though I don’t know why. But if the NCAA puts a postseason ban on this team, Sampson should be fired.

    We don’t pull this crap at Indiana, period. We’re not Kentucky or Illinois or Michigan or Ohio State, at least we weren’t before. Now I don’t know what to think. What was it, like 30-35 years since Indiana had any sort of violation, then it takes Sampson less than a year to end that streak. Only description is embarrasing.

  • Tim

    Didn’t Coach Sampson promise to “do things the right way” and “make you proud of us”. Well, they sure as hell didn’t do it the right way and I am in no way proud of this bull. How embarrasing. I am ashamed to be affiliated with Indiana University and a fan of Hoosier basketball right now.

    I heard a rumor that this was coming on Friday afternoon before Hoosier Hysteria, but I refused to believe it and let it drag me down during that celebration. Then to find out its true less than two days later. I feel sick right now.

    The rumor I heard also said the probable punishment was the loss of two scholarship and no postseason in 08. And with how accurate the rest of the rumor was, I’m terrified that the NCAA is going to bring down that exact punishment too. Right now I’m trying to forgive this even though I don’t know why. But if the NCAA puts a postseason ban on this team, Sampson should be fired.

    We don’t pull this crap at Indiana, period. We’re not Kentucky or Illinois or Michigan or Ohio State, at least we weren’t before. Now I don’t know what to think. What was it, like 30-35 years since Indiana had any sort of violation, then it takes Sampson less than a year to end that streak. Only description is embarrasing.