Kelvin Sampson responds to NCAA

sampsontx.jpgWith IU responding to the NCAA today — and agreeing with all the investigators had to present — Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline provides Kelvin Sampson’s response to the allegations. Apparently, he wrote a nice little letter to Myles Brand and company.

Here’s my favorite bit:

When I arrived at Indiana University, I hired an experienced staff and made my expectation of strict compliance with NCAA rules and with the restrictions imposed upon our staff very clear. As set forth in detail in the body of my Response, each member of my staff confirms that my expectations were made clear. I endorsed and cooperated fully with the monitoring systems set in place by Indiana’s athletics compliance staff. I relied upon the monitoring program that was set in place. Again, the statements of my staff as set forth in my Response confirm this. I told my staff repeatedly that I never again wanted to go through an experience like I had in the Oklahoma case and that we as a staff needed to completely buy into the monitoring systems implemented by Indiana’s compliance program.

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Accordingly, I cannot adequately describe in words how stunned I was to learn from Mr. Greenspan later that summer that the compliance office’s review of my staff’s phone records had revealed possible violations. First, I could not believe that if in fact the records showed violations, some since my staff’s earliest days at the University, the matters had not been detected and brought to the attention of Mr. Greenspan and myself much earlier so they could have been addressed in a timely fashion. And second, given how strongly and frequently I had communicated to my staff that I expected 100 percent compliance – I could not believe that NCAA rules and Committee on Infractions’ imposed restrictions had apparently been disregarded.

Look: Kelvin could very well be right here. (Not likely, though.) But knowing what we know, for him to have the audacity to try and pin this on the compliance staff, that he “relied” on them to do their job, that there was really nothing wrong from his end, well, that’s just some weird logic.

When this stuff originally hit, he said he didn’t “knowingly” violate any rules. And in this letter, again, he didn’t really place anything on himself. At some point — especially when you’ve been caught for this stuff before — you have to at least place some of this on yourself. Even if you didn’t think you were doing anything wrong, you were still doing something wrong.

Or I guess you can take a buyout, get a job in the NBA and peace out of the college game for good. That works pretty well, too.

  • MikeinNC

    Predictable. He had painted himself into a corner with all his prior statements, so he chose to play the “the compliance department didn't let me know what was going on” card. The only problem is that, as the former president of the NABC, and being a coach already on probation, he and his “experienced staff” should have darn well known exactly what they were doing. It should not have been solely up to the compliance department to keep them out of trouble. So the idea that he was unaware or in any way in the dark about what was going on is complete bull****.

  • http://disqus.com/people/earl earl

    You know he has a point. Certainly it doesn't excuse his behavior and his dismissal was the right decision BUT what the heck were the Greenspan and the complaince staff doing when all this was going on. Most on this site, with some reason, have excused Greenspan from all blame in this incident. Even if we beiieve he was forced to hire Sampson he's still responsible for overseeing what is happening under his watch.

    I agree that Sampson was a liar and cheat and deserves most the blame for this incident but cannot put 100% of the blame on him, yet he is the only one who has lost his job on his matter…..it shouldn't have ended there.

  • B_MD

    This is ridiculous. Isn't the compliance department's job to bring it to light when rules are broken? As far as I understand it their job is to monitor and then say “hey guys your breaking some rules here you better stop”.

    If that's the case then it's the coach's job to actually make sure the staff isn't breaking the rules. It flat out was Sampson's job to make sure his staff didn't break rules.

  • JerryCT

    I know there are a lot of pages but since I have time I have read alot of those pages. Briefly :

    1. Coaches were using home phones and personal cell phones which donot get caught by the IU compliance software.
    2. Coaches knew that these phone calls were supposed to be reported on log sheets but they did not report them
    3. If IU found a call in its investigation that was ” inconclusive” they counted it as a violation such that actual REAL violations are lower than reported
    4. Passing of phones and 3 way calls do not show up clearly as violations since you cannot trace either who was on the call or who was called
    5. IU states that phone call violations were actually not serious, secondary violations, that yielded no competitive advantage
    6. Serious violations are the lying about the calls

    It appears that willful lying and hiding calls is easily able to “game” the compliance system which relies on ethical conduct.

    Even so I hope KS dazzles them with his feet and mouth such that they are so confused about who to blame that the NCAA just wants to move this off the books.

  • JerryCT

    Also, many of you seem to have a negative POV on Greenspan. I have no bias about it and therefore I see no evidence yet of his failures other than the circle jerk in the KS firing which I thought was botched and amatuerish.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Did you happen to catch the names Jordan Crawford, Lance Stemler, Mike White and Eric Gordon? They're all in there in some capacity.

  • tberry

    In one respect Sampson is right. He should not be the only one going down for his sins. Greenspan and whomever the compliance officer should also be fired.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    I hope they put a 10+yr ban on Sampson with any involvement with a school. He's a real piece of sh*t.

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    I'll bet crean doesn't renew greenspan's scholarship..lol

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    I hope they put sampson in a rocket and send him to the moon

  • ALH_00

    Totally agree. How can the compliance department ensure that rules are not being broken, other than having KS and his staff clear every telephone call with the compliance department PRIOR to making the call. That's absurd, much like KS' excuse that it was the compliance department's fault that he violated the rules.

  • HoosierSmitty

    We can leave Sampson alone now…..he's already out of sports now that he's in the NBA. <jab>

  • MikeinNC

    Personally, (and this is based entirely on gut feeling and irresponsible speculation), I believe that maybe Greenspan had a whiff of what was going on with the phone call situation, and maybe he chose to let it go a little while – he might have even set things up originally to to be deliberately a little bit loose on this issue…the motive being that I don't believe for a minute that Greenspan wanted KS as his new coach, I think it was rammed down his throat by Herbert….and maybe old Alan decided the best way to get rid of KS was to give him a little rope to hang himself with on something relatively minor where he thought it might not have any negative impact for IU. Because, despite all the negative publicity, Greenspan is a pretty smart, savvy guy….far too smart to not have recognized the need for tight monitoring of the phone call situation given KS's history…it just doesn't make sense that they didn't have tighter monitoring in place. But with the specific termination clauses in KS's contract maybe Greenspan thought the best way to get rid of a bad hire would be to have that bad hire fire themselves – maybe even by somehow violating his contract without committing a major violation….like I said, this is all pure speculation. I guess I just needed to scratch the conspiracy theory itch this afternoon….

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Smitty,

    Good to see you around again.

  • http://disqus.com/people/earl earl

    Pretty easy to catch just have the compliance group call the recruit to see if he has been contacted. Also we're talking about hundreds of calls so its not like they had to catch 1 illegal call. Lastly, this is the same exact rule he broke at Ok. so if you were the compliance group what rule do you think you would check to make sure it was being followed……

    Everyone seems happy to let it all wash away since Sampson is gone and we have a coach we like. However the last few seasons have been thrown away not to mention the next few as we try to rebuild. Also there is the IU name, we can no longer say that we have always run a clean program. It shouldn't end at Sampson.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Haven't stopped reading….just lots of papers to grade and tennis to coach…

    Good to be welcomed back, though.

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    I hope they put sampson in a rocket and send him to the moon

  • ALH_00

    Totally agree. How can the compliance department ensure that rules are not being broken, other than having KS and his staff clear every telephone call with the compliance department PRIOR to making the call. That's absurd, much like KS' excuse that it was the compliance department's fault that he violated the rules.

  • HoosierSmitty

    We can leave Sampson alone now…..he's already out of sports now that he's in the NBA. <jab>

  • MikeinNC

    Personally, (and this is based entirely on gut feeling and irresponsible speculation), I believe that maybe Greenspan had a whiff of what was going on with the phone call situation, and maybe he chose to let it go a little while – he might have even set things up originally to to be deliberately a little bit loose on this issue…the motive being that I don't believe for a minute that Greenspan wanted KS as his new coach, I think it was rammed down his throat by Herbert….and maybe old Alan decided the best way to get rid of KS was to give him a little rope to hang himself with on something relatively minor where he thought it might not have any negative impact for IU. Because, despite all the negative publicity, Greenspan is a pretty smart, savvy guy….far too smart to not have recognized the need for tight monitoring of the phone call situation given KS's history…it just doesn't make sense that they didn't have tighter monitoring in place. But with the specific termination clauses in KS's contract maybe Greenspan thought the best way to get rid of a bad hire would be to have that bad hire fire themselves – maybe even by somehow violating his contract without committing a major violation….like I said, this is all pure speculation. I guess I just needed to scratch the conspiracy theory itch this afternoon….

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Smitty,

    Good to see you around again.

  • http://disqus.com/people/earl earl

    Pretty easy to catch just have the compliance group call the recruit to see if he has been contacted. Also we're talking about hundreds of calls so its not like they had to catch 1 illegal call. Lastly, this is the same exact rule he broke at Ok. so if you were the compliance group what rule do you think you would check to make sure it was being followed……

    Everyone seems happy to let it all wash away since Sampson is gone and we have a coach we like. However the last few seasons have been thrown away not to mention the next few as we try to rebuild. Also there is the IU name, we can no longer say that we have always run a clean program. It shouldn't end at Sampson.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Haven't stopped reading….just lots of papers to grade and tennis to coach…

    Good to be welcomed back, though.

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