IU issues release with further details on sanctions

  • 10/30/2007 12:38 pm in

greenspan15.jpeg(Editor’s Note: The complete report in PDF format can be accessed here.)

From IU Media Relations:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Department of Athletics today announced its release of all documents relating to its discovery and subsequent investigation, and self-disclosure of recruiting violations and issues with the sanctions involving the men’s basketball coaching staff.

“When reviewed as a group, these reports provide a very clear picture of what took place in this matter. Accordingly, we have chosen to impose very significant self-imposed sanctions that we are operating under currently and have recommended to the NCAA,“ said Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan.

The documents include an October 3 independent investigative report that was submitted to the NCAA Committee on Infractions focusing on 111 telephone recruiting calls last season that were found to exceed limits on the number of times a prospective athlete could be contacted under NCAA sanctions (109 of the calls) or NCAA rules (32 of the calls, 30 of which also were contrary to the sanctions).

A second document is the self-report to the NCAA enforcement staff regarding the phone calls that violated NCAA rules. That report concluded that out of these 32 phone calls it is likely only 13 actual conversations occurred. Also among the documents are two other reports detailing the circumstances of impermissible personal contacts with recruits or their families not related to telephone calls.All the violations are being reported to the NCAA as secondary infractions. Greenspan said he believes the independent investigation, conducted by attorneys from Ice Miller’s Collegiate Sports Practice in Indianapolis, was very thorough and brought all compliance problems to light.

“Through extensive and lengthy discussions with our legal counsel, it was concluded that these violations are of a secondary nature because they represented isolated instances. They provided little, if any, recruiting advantage and did not involve any extra benefits,” Greenspan said.

“However, Indiana University expects and demands full and complete compliance with all NCAA rules and will continue to do so. I will continue to send a very strong message to our coaches, student-athletes and supporters that our standard is and will always be complete compliance.”

As penalties, Greenspan has imposed a second year of restrictions on recruiting calls tighter than is permitted by the NCAA, reduced Sampson’s off-campus recruiting opportunities and taken away a basketball scholarship for 2008-09. The basketball staff will also have one less coach available for recruiting during the 2007-08 recruiting year. Sampson also voluntarily agreed to forego a $500,000 compensation increase this year.

Greenspan said the limitations on recruiting were extended for another season to ensure that the full effect of last season’s NCAA sanctions on recruiting is realized.

The Ice Miller report found that of several thousand recruiting calls made from May 2006 to May 2007 by the assistant coaches, a total of 111 exceeded sanction or NCAA limits. Of those, 101 were made by assistant coach Rob Senderoff, in addition to 9 other three-way calls in which he connected a prospective athlete with head Coach Kelvin Sampson.

Although permissible under NCAA rules, three-way recruiting calls involving Sampson were in violation of the stricter, NCAA-imposed sanctions which were in effect on the IU staff last year from May, 2006 to May, 2007.

Greenspan said the Ice Miller report did not conclude that Sampson acted deliberately to violate the sanctions he was operating under last season.

In its conclusion, the report states that investigators “considered the fact that with so few impermissible calls involving Sampson out of the thousands of recruiting calls made from May 2006 through May 2007, this could not have been a purposeful plan to circumvent the sanction.”

The investigation found that most of the impermissible calls occurred because Senderoff failed to log calls made from his home telephone, thus making it impossible for compliance staff to accurately track the number of times each prospective athlete was contacted by telephone. Most of Senderoff’s calls were made from his cell or office phone and were properly logged.

Because of the inaccurate records, some prospective athletes and their families were called by assistant coaches more often than permitted under the sanctions or NCAA rules.

Two violations unrelated to telephone conversations were also reported to the NCAA:

On May 12, Senderoff arranged a 15 to 30-minute meeting at Assembly Hall between former IU President Adam W. Herbert and the mother of a prospective student athlete. The mother had come to Bloomington to watch her son participate in an AAU basketball tournament at Assembly Hall. NCAA rules prohibit schools from making recruiting contacts with tournament participants or their families until after the tournament is over. To determine whether a violation had occurred, the university had to confer with the Big Ten conference, which in turn had to request assistance from the NCAA to clarify the complex rules in this area.

On June 30, assistant coach Jeff Meyer arranged for Sampson to meet with a prospect who was in Bloomington to participate in a Sampson-sponsored tournament. Because NCAA rules prohibited Sampson from making recruiting contacts with tournament participants, the prospect’s coach was told he would have to withdraw from subsequent participation if he met with Sampson. The meeting took place, but the prospect returned to the tournament the next day unbeknownst to Meyer or Sampson.

Both of these infractions were reported as secondary violations because they provided no recruiting advantage and did not include any inducement or extra benefit.

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  • Michael

    I am relieved to read the conclusions of the Ice Miller report. I only wish that they had been released in conjunction with the announcement two weeks ago, because I feel like most of the backlash (including the “dump Sampson” talk) would have been avoided if people had just known the facts from the beginning. I only hope that the NCAA responds appropriately and accepts our self-imposed sanctions as punishment enough. Knowing the facts, my faith in Sampson is restored.

  • Michael

    I am relieved to read the conclusions of the Ice Miller report. I only wish that they had been released in conjunction with the announcement two weeks ago, because I feel like most of the backlash (including the “dump Sampson” talk) would have been avoided if people had just known the facts from the beginning. I only hope that the NCAA responds appropriately and accepts our self-imposed sanctions as punishment enough. Knowing the facts, my faith in Sampson is restored.

  • Michael

    I am relieved to read the conclusions of the Ice Miller report. I only wish that they had been released in conjunction with the announcement two weeks ago, because I feel like most of the backlash (including the “dump Sampson” talk) would have been avoided if people had just known the facts from the beginning. I only hope that the NCAA responds appropriately and accepts our self-imposed sanctions as punishment enough. Knowing the facts, my faith in Sampson is restored.

  • Luke

    I to am very relieved after reading the release of the details. Being one that thought people were going a little overboard calling for Coach Sampson to be fired. I to still have full faith in our coach and can’t wait for this season to get under way. Go Hoosiers!

  • Luke

    I to am very relieved after reading the release of the details. Being one that thought people were going a little overboard calling for Coach Sampson to be fired. I to still have full faith in our coach and can’t wait for this season to get under way. Go Hoosiers!

  • j

    Sampson lied about not knowing he was in on 3 way phone calls.

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071030/SPORTS0601/710300432

    Lied. Two weeks ago.

    So he cheats while he heads the ethics committee. Then he gets a new job, and a slap on the wrist. He then proceeds to cheat some more (doing the same thing) while on probation, and then he lies about it to make the assistant look like the bad guy. The assistant gets canned, and nothing really happens to Sampson.

    At some point, you just have to concede the man is ethically bankrupt.

  • j

    Sampson lied about not knowing he was in on 3 way phone calls.

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071030/SPORTS0601/710300432

    Lied. Two weeks ago.

    So he cheats while he heads the ethics committee. Then he gets a new job, and a slap on the wrist. He then proceeds to cheat some more (doing the same thing) while on probation, and then he lies about it to make the assistant look like the bad guy. The assistant gets canned, and nothing really happens to Sampson.

    At some point, you just have to concede the man is ethically bankrupt.

  • kelin

    I echo everyone else. I have heard the NCAA document is a MASSIVE piece of mumbo jumbo. Although there are a lot of things in there, I read another coach saying to follow all of the rules it would take a personal assistant. I do not know what systems are set up for coaches to monitor the rules and themselves but something needs to be done….

    I am glad KS didn’t further do anything near what was going on at OU. I do not know or understand what further recruiting restrictions are on HIM? Does anyone know? It seems Senderoff was just not very careful in his doings, although I have heard nothing but good things about him, I hope this blows over and he gets another opportunity….

  • kelin

    I echo everyone else. I have heard the NCAA document is a MASSIVE piece of mumbo jumbo. Although there are a lot of things in there, I read another coach saying to follow all of the rules it would take a personal assistant. I do not know what systems are set up for coaches to monitor the rules and themselves but something needs to be done….

    I am glad KS didn’t further do anything near what was going on at OU. I do not know or understand what further recruiting restrictions are on HIM? Does anyone know? It seems Senderoff was just not very careful in his doings, although I have heard nothing but good things about him, I hope this blows over and he gets another opportunity….

  • kelin

    I echo everyone else. I have heard the NCAA document is a MASSIVE piece of mumbo jumbo. Although there are a lot of things in there, I read another coach saying to follow all of the rules it would take a personal assistant. I do not know what systems are set up for coaches to monitor the rules and themselves but something needs to be done….

    I am glad KS didn’t further do anything near what was going on at OU. I do not know or understand what further recruiting restrictions are on HIM? Does anyone know? It seems Senderoff was just not very careful in his doings, although I have heard nothing but good things about him, I hope this blows over and he gets another opportunity….

  • The dump Sampson talk comes from opponents of IU & lingering Knight fans who didn’t want Coach Sampson here in the first place. The best medicine for true IU fans is for this team to hit the ground running, win a lot of games & never look back. Let the nay sayers whine all they want, we have a top 10 in the nation program and they don’t. It’s going to be a fun year for all true IU fans. GO HOOSIERS!

  • The dump Sampson talk comes from opponents of IU & lingering Knight fans who didn’t want Coach Sampson here in the first place. The best medicine for true IU fans is for this team to hit the ground running, win a lot of games & never look back. Let the nay sayers whine all they want, we have a top 10 in the nation program and they don’t. It’s going to be a fun year for all true IU fans. GO HOOSIERS!

  • kelin

    I see Eshaunte Jones is going to Oregon State…good for him.

  • kelin

    I see Eshaunte Jones is going to Oregon State…good for him.

  • kelin

    I see Eshaunte Jones is going to Oregon State…good for him.

  • jaime gongora

    I hope the IU players have a ” we are going to defend our coach mentality” and ride that passion all the way to a championship season. I hope they don’t feel that this is another Mike Davis situation, where Sampsons’s job is on the line on a game by game basis. Lets kick some butt, and laugh at everyone who is trying to bring our program down.
    jaime

  • jaime gongora

    I hope the IU players have a ” we are going to defend our coach mentality” and ride that passion all the way to a championship season. I hope they don’t feel that this is another Mike Davis situation, where Sampsons’s job is on the line on a game by game basis. Lets kick some butt, and laugh at everyone who is trying to bring our program down.
    jaime

  • Jim

    “I read another coach saying to follow all of the rules it would take a personal assistant”

    Uh, isn’t that what the compliance office is for?

    I’m actually in the camp of thinking this is being a bit overblown, but making calls from home and not logging calls? If we were talking about some obscure, vague, difficult-to-comply-with rule then I might think differently, but as a recruiter in college basketball these particular rules don’t fall in that category.

    I am bothered by the thought that Sampson would lie about the 3-way calls . . . why would he do that? He would have to know that the details of the report would come out . . . it’s like telling your parents you got an “A” in Algebra when you not only know you got a “F”, but that parent-teacher conferences are next week and you know the Algebra teacher is going to *mention* that you’re failing his class!

    I hope some member of the media is willing to stand up and risk access to the program by asking hard questions . . . and continuing to ask them until they get answered.

  • Jim

    “I read another coach saying to follow all of the rules it would take a personal assistant”

    Uh, isn’t that what the compliance office is for?

    I’m actually in the camp of thinking this is being a bit overblown, but making calls from home and not logging calls? If we were talking about some obscure, vague, difficult-to-comply-with rule then I might think differently, but as a recruiter in college basketball these particular rules don’t fall in that category.

    I am bothered by the thought that Sampson would lie about the 3-way calls . . . why would he do that? He would have to know that the details of the report would come out . . . it’s like telling your parents you got an “A” in Algebra when you not only know you got a “F”, but that parent-teacher conferences are next week and you know the Algebra teacher is going to *mention* that you’re failing his class!

    I hope some member of the media is willing to stand up and risk access to the program by asking hard questions . . . and continuing to ask them until they get answered.

  • kelin

    I think it would take a personal assistant because you have to think about the AMOUNT of rules to follow and at a Major D-1 program with multiple sports, there are a lot of big and little things to follow. I don’t excuse what happened in this case but to follow all the rules is so so difficult.

  • kelin

    I think it would take a personal assistant because you have to think about the AMOUNT of rules to follow and at a Major D-1 program with multiple sports, there are a lot of big and little things to follow. I don’t excuse what happened in this case but to follow all the rules is so so difficult.

  • Tim

    kelin,

    I disagree, last season the coaching staff should have been able to rewrite from memory the section on phone contact with recruits.

  • Tim

    kelin,

    I disagree, last season the coaching staff should have been able to rewrite from memory the section on phone contact with recruits.

  • knasmiley

    If it wasnt for the sanctions there wouldnt even be a discussion about this, the LOW numbers that KS was involved in SHOWS he wasnt trying to circumvent the rules of the sanctions. This will blow over, the ncaa will suspend KS for a few games MAYBE but beyond that this will be a mere afterthought once we hang No.6 in AH early next year………..

    PS:I dont like the RS firing either, but something had to give and him making over a 100 calls from home and not logging them left him clearly open to firing. It really is that plain and simple, KS stood up for him a couple of weeks ago to ensure RS family was taken care of, that is what KS is ALL about……….

  • knasmiley

    If it wasnt for the sanctions there wouldnt even be a discussion about this, the LOW numbers that KS was involved in SHOWS he wasnt trying to circumvent the rules of the sanctions. This will blow over, the ncaa will suspend KS for a few games MAYBE but beyond that this will be a mere afterthought once we hang No.6 in AH early next year………..

    PS:I dont like the RS firing either, but something had to give and him making over a 100 calls from home and not logging them left him clearly open to firing. It really is that plain and simple, KS stood up for him a couple of weeks ago to ensure RS family was taken care of, that is what KS is ALL about……….