NCAA upholds suspensions for Jurkin, Mosquera-Perea

Indiana freshman forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and freshman center Peter Jurkin must sit for all nine games of their suspensions, the NCAA announced today. That means both players will be out until the Butler game on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Here’s the full text of the release:

Indiana University freshmen student-athletes Peter Jurkin and Hanner Perea must miss nine games, according to an appeal decision announced today by the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. Jurkin and Perea have already sat out five games and must miss four more games before being eligible to compete again.

According to the facts of the case regarding the violations, which were agreed upon by the university, Jurkin and Perea accepted approximately $6,000 and $8,000, respectively, in impermissible benefits from an Indiana University booster. The recruiting inducements were provided on multiple occasions during the student-athletes’ recruitment, and included plane tickets, meals, housing, a laptop, cell phone and clothing.

While a $185 donation to the university may have triggered the booster’s status, recent interactions reinforce his unique access and continuous involvement with the men’s basketball program.

Specifically, he signed financial aid documents required for two former Indiana University basketball student-athletes in 2008 and 2010. Further, Jurkin and Perea lived with the booster in Bloomington, Ind., during multiple summers. Indiana University also provided the booster, who is a nonscholastic coach, with permissible, complimentary men’s basketball tickets. The university has suspended the relationship with the booster until July 1, 2013.

On a number of occasions during the regular review of its rules, NCAA members have continually stressed that the unfair recruiting advantages that come from booster involvement should not be acceptable in college athletics. Further, the 2011 NCAA Presidential Retreat participants emphasized the need for increased accountability and integrity in several aspects of college sports, including the involvement of boosters with prospective student-athletes.

Reinstatement decisions are made based on withholding guidelines developed by the reinstatement committee of NCAA members, as well as any mitigating factors presented by the university. The staff and committee consider a number of factors, including the total amount of benefits received, the nature and type of violations, and whether a booster provided the benefits, among others. The staff provided a significant reduction in the amount of repayment due to the mitigation presented. Perea and Jurkin will be required to pay $250 and approximately $1,590, respectively, to charities of their choice. Indiana did not appeal the repayment requirement.

The reinstatement committee is the final appeal opportunity. The independent committee is composed of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences. It can reduce or remove the conditions, but cannot increase the conditions imposed by the staff.

IU athletics director Fred Glass also released this statement:

“Earlier today, we received notice that our appeal for a reduction in the withholding penalties for Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin was denied. While we are disappointed with the denial, we are even more disappointed in the case summary as communicated by the NCAA public relations staff. This case continues to be about $185 in Varsity Club contributions over 20 years ago, notwithstanding the NCAA National Office’s troubling references to activities that are permissible or would have been permissible but for the minor donations. Having said that, we accept this as the NCAA’s final word on the case, and we will have no further comment on the matter.”

  • MisterSlippery

    Hulls has a mean fundamentally sound layup. It would be killer against Nix.

  • BFowler

    Boo!

  • MisterSlippery

    Look on the bright side folks. Watching Purdoo is hilarious this year. A real pleasure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001671519996 Matt Sievers

    Wtf?! He’s talking about Jeremy….

  • MillaRed

    To say there isn’t something going on between these folks and their feelings toward our University is a joke. This is just plain bizarre.

  • MillaRed

    To say there isn’t something going on between these folks and their feelings toward our University is a joke. This is just plain bizarre.

  • MillaRed

    This really is a Mark Adams witch hunt. They want this Albatross around his neck. No doubt about it.

  • CreanFaithful

    LOL

  • Outoftheloop

    “Deceitful” is the only descriptive word to use for the NCAA’ written justification for their mean spirited punishment of Hanner and Peter. A.D. Glass rightly calls them out for their “half-truths”. This was not an “appeal process”, this was a scripted defense of an abuse of power. When the “referee” of college athletics distorts the factual context so brazenly and misrepresents their actions so blatantly, after all what the NCAA did was to hurt two poor boys from foreign countries for trying to better their lives, they strip their organization of most of it’s credibility. Their days of ruling over, and extorting money from, college sports is almost at an end. It is doubtful if a fair and impartial replacement organization will be created to replace them.

  • Outoftheloop

    “Deceitful” is the only descriptive word to use for the NCAA’ written justification for their mean spirited punishment of Hanner and Peter. A.D. Glass rightly calls them out for their “half-truths”. This was not an “appeal process”, this was a scripted defense of an abuse of power. When the “referee” of college athletics distorts the factual context so brazenly and misrepresents their actions so blatantly, after all what the NCAA did was to hurt two poor boys from foreign countries for trying to better their lives, they strip their organization of most of it’s credibility. Their days of ruling over, and extorting money from, college sports is almost at an end. It is doubtful if a fair and impartial replacement organization will be created to replace them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chad.scott.1044 Chad Scott

    So I guess what the NCAA is saying that it is ok for American born basketball players (Shabazz Muhammad) to receive benfeits from other institutions (North Carolina and Duke directly from there athletic programs) but if you are a forgien kid trying to better your life and your families life you can’t recieve aid from anyone?! Doesnt make much since to me….hope the ncaa sleeps well after this one!

  • SCHoosier

    No surprises here…it remains what it was. Let’s move on..hope these kids work hard in practice..and see what happens. I’ll tell you what..IF IU wins the NCAA (and that’s a big if)..when the trophy is presented to IU by the NCAA rep..I hope Crean and Glass step aside and invite Perea and Jurkin up to “receive” it. The ultimate middle finger?

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    if anyone is not mad enough try to remember what the NCAA thought about Rajon Rondo driving Derek Anderson’s new Yukon around UK’s campus…

  • hardcore_hoosier

    True, but you have to ask why they explained all of the benefits and the fact that were deemed permissible within their statement. It gives the feeling that since they could not find any other ground to stand on they decided to fully punish based on the ‘booster’ status. Even despite the appeal and how any rational person or organization would define booster they are clinging to this one detail to get satisfaction in their minds. My biggest quarrel is it is all being done at the expense of two quality young men and an honest A-HOPE program.

  • marcusgresham

    Maybe what the NCAA needs is something akin to a jury of your peers. Have a rotating group of athletic directors who hear appeals. At least it would have some semblance of justice instead of a group of people who answer to no one being judge, jury, and executioner.

  • marcusgresham

    Muhammad took the money from “a family friend” for his trips. I suppose this means the friend didn’t attend UCLA.

  • RWN

    Decisions that go against your team in most ‘fanatic’s’ eyes are always arbitrary and capricious what is troubling and subjective to interpretation is the following statement:

    “recent interactions reinforce his unique access and continuous involvement with the men’s basketball program.”

    I know and realize that at a level of a Top-Ten national program that IU is seeking and appears to have re-entered with these two recruiting classes and last year’s on court success that recruiting is far beyond what it was in the ’70′s, ’80′s or even ’90′s. Players have different expectations and their parent/guardian/advisers as well. Let us hope this is merely a small item but remember everyone even though Crean is here and has an exceptional record where he has improved IU’s APR and competitive court play we have an institutional record with Sampson that was close to the institution losing control.

  • marcusgresham

    The problem is Emmert and the NCAA won’t answer tough questions. They collectively lack the balls to stand up and defend any decisions. When will there be a little dog to pull back the curtain and expose Oz?

  • marcusgresham

    The problem is Emmert and the NCAA won’t answer tough questions. They collectively lack the balls to stand up and defend any decisions. When will there be a little dog to pull back the curtain and expose Oz?

  • joebull

    so there have been 21 a-hope kids and 3 have decided to go to IU? So 14% of the a-hope kids choose IU… any other schools get 3 or more of these kids to go to their school?

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    See what I did there?

  • Hoosieriniowa

    So according to the A-HOPE web site they have supported kids who have gone on to play at a variety of colleges including UCLA, Michigan State, and UNLV. Regardless of “booster” issue that even NCAA downplayed are they investigating those schools as well? ……. NO

  • IUMIKE1

    Or a brain scan on the group there now to see if there is anything in there.

    Then hire a forensic accounting service to go over their finances back to a few years before they were born. Oops, sorry guys, but we found where, over 20 years ago and over a span of a few years, the bank let your, now ex-wives, overdraw an account a few times that totaled $185 and without penalty. Since all of you have continued to have contact with this same bank and received free toasters for opening additional accounts up you are guilty by association and we are going to need all of you to remove yourselves from your job without pay for one third of the year. Also we’re not sure of what the exact amount of repaying that penalty will be until we can figure out what interest on that amount for the last 20 years comes to. Rest assured we will, ignore common sense, all rules, use OUR numbers and we will insert those numbers into our formulas as we see fit. Also it will be an amount that will make it a hardship on you. We’ll get back to you on what you need to do sometime in the next 3 to 5 months…..maybe. Until then just hang around in limbo. That’s not a problem is it ? Too bad if it is or if you think it’s unfair cause we answer to no one. Oh, yea, you can appeal all this but we can tell you right now it is a waste of time…..unless you know the right people, which you don’t.

    Think they would scream unfair and demand changes ?

    They would scream even louder if they had told the accountants about the overdrawn account cause they felt like it was the right thing to do and assumed doing so would offset any penalty or would at least make the penalty less harsh.

  • IUMIKE1

    Or a brain scan on the group there now to see if there is anything in there.

    Then hire a forensic accounting service to go over their finances back to a few years before they were born. Oops, sorry guys, but we found where, over 20 years ago and over a span of a few years, the bank let your, now ex-wives, overdraw an account a few times that totaled $185 and without penalty. Since all of you have continued to have contact with this same bank and received free toasters for opening additional accounts up you are guilty by association and we are going to need all of you to remove yourselves from your job without pay for one third of the year. Also we’re not sure of what the exact amount of repaying that penalty will be until we can figure out what interest on that amount for the last 20 years comes to. Rest assured we will, ignore common sense, all rules, use OUR numbers and we will insert those numbers into our formulas as we see fit. Also it will be an amount that will make it a hardship on you. We’ll get back to you on what you need to do sometime in the next 3 to 5 months…..maybe. Until then just hang around in limbo. That’s not a problem is it ? Too bad if it is or if you think it’s unfair cause we answer to no one. Oh, yea, you can appeal all this but we can tell you right now it is a waste of time…..unless you know the right people, which you don’t.

    Think they would scream unfair and demand changes ?

    They would scream even louder if they had told the accountants about the overdrawn account cause they felt like it was the right thing to do and assumed doing so would offset any penalty or would at least make the penalty less harsh.

  • IUMIKE1

    I guess if he floats to the top after drowning we’ll know he was innocent of these charges. The ncaa uses logic on the same level as the witch hunters did in 16th century Salem.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I don’t want this to come across as a challenge but rather a sincere question–Help me to understand exactly what, if any, correlation the lack of institutional control/supervision in the KS situation has with the particulars of this situation.

    If there is some connection between the two, then that would obviously be a pattern/culture of neglect on the institution’s part. Using that logic, then the citizens of Germany and Japan should be considered enemies, not allies, of the United States even though the entire culture and personnel responsible for the offenses are no longer in the picture. That may not be the best analogy to make my point but, hopefully, it makes sense to some folks.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    What really bothers me is all the players (i.e. Nerlens Noel) that are allowed to play because the NCAA can’t figure out how they cheated! Guys receive benefits that are far worse than what PJ and HMP received but coaches like Calipari make it impossible for the NCAA to track down how the contributors are linked to the program.

    World Wide Wes lives in Detroit. Derek Rose is from Chicago. Derek Rose went to Detroit to take his SAT after failing his ACT’s in Chicago 3 times where the test score was thrown out because he refused to cooperate in an investigation suggesting he didn’t take his own SAT test.

    Thing is the NCAA can’t prove Calipari had anything to do with it but he’s connected to WWW who lives in Detroit. Hmm . . . very interesting. Seems the NCAA is either really stupid or likes to turn a blind eye to their cash cow coach because I would investigate something like that really hard when it involved the only coach to ever have two Final 4′s vacated!

  • IUMIKE1

    Now what has the ncaa ever done to deserve such a thing being done towards them. DWS

    Yea, and have them shove that “middle finger” up about 2 inches from the nose of the person from the ncaa presenting it.

  • IUMIKE1

    Now what has the ncaa ever done to deserve such a thing being done towards them. DWS

    Yea, and have them shove that “middle finger” up about 2 inches from the nose of the person from the ncaa presenting it.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Of course World Wide Wes is still out there providing illegal benefits (and SAT scores) to Calipayoff’s recruits, but that’s okay because he’s not an AAU coach.

    The NCAA is a joke.

  • IUMIKE1

    I would prefer a rather large and aggressive dog that answers to the name of payback or fairness to pull back that curtain and then, well I think we all know what a big aggressive dog that answers to the name of payback would do next.

  • IUMIKE1

    Makes perfect sense to me. Don’t really see how it couldn’t.

  • IUMIKE1

    There you go again wanting the ncaa to do something that makes sense. That will happen about the same time as when monkeys start flying out of my butt.

  • IUMIKE1

    There you go again wanting the ncaa to do something that makes sense. That will happen about the same time as when monkeys start flying out of my butt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.wojcik Eric Wojcik

    There are other, more shadowy allegations floating around. For example, his sister is ranked as about 400th in the world as a tennis pro and received a contract with Adidas nonetheless. UCLA is an Adidas school. His AAU team was Adidas.

    This stuff isn’t hard to look up. Google is your friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/misti.wessel Misti Wessel

    I bought an I.U. t-shirt at a game once does that meen that my kids can no longer play for I.U.

  • http://www.facebook.com/misti.wessel Misti Wessel

    I bought an I.U. t-shirt at a game once does that meen that my kids can no longer play for I.U.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    not to worry,9-0 when we get to full strength, and yes the NCAA is a joke.

  • Hawg49Pan

    Coach Knight has been gone for years. Miles Brand moved on to the NCAA, then died. Still, “Bob Knight Derangement Syndrome” is alive and well in the NCAA.
    Look at Guy Marc, any chance they can dream up to damage IU’s program.

  • Geoff_85

    That decision was more legitimate than this one in my opinion. I do agree though, that it does seem like nobody affiliated with the NCAA wants to see Indiana back to NCAA prominence, which is odd considering that it seems to be a consensus belief that college basketball is much better when Indiana is in the upper echelon of basketball.

  • Geoff_85

    Not at all….they can so long as they donate thousands of dollars to a charity of their choice as a consequence (just pretend that is somehow logical).

  • Geoff_85

    Not at all….they can so long as they donate thousands of dollars to a charity of their choice as a consequence (just pretend that is somehow logical).

  • RWN

    Your false equivalency is beyond fanatic logic. IU just got off the bad list and even though there are different players the NCAA takes a longer look than you. I am just saying take this small medicine and not let anything happen again.

  • HoosierPat

    An A-Hope player named Obij Aget is a freshman at New Mexico this year. Drew Adams, Mark Adams’ son, is the Director of Basketball Operations at New Mexico. Not to mention Steve Alford is the head coach. Don’t misunderstand me. I am not accusing Alford of any wrong doing. The NCAA has singled out Indiana despite possible A-Hope ties at other schools.

  • IUMIKE1

    If we use the logic that RWN puts forth, the longer look theory, than I would say that the infractions committee should have a permanent presence on some of the campuses of the habitual offenders rather than waiting for them to self-report something (yea that’s really gonna happen since they know you gain nothing by doing that) or waiting for a newspaper / magazine or TV station to uncover something that forces them to act.

    If he considers what was done to these two kids, for the reasons that the ncaa gives, ” a small bit of medicine “, then I would hate to see what he thinks is justifiable when something that happens is, intertwined with the staff currently at a school, in the last 2 or 3 years or even more current, isn’t a secondary violation and maybe most importantly wasn’t self-reported. Using his rationale and looking at it in a proportional way, it would be an immediate death sentence even if it was a first ever offense, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it. I might be wrong but he sounds like a fan of another team whose is on here just to get the angry dog on a chain riled up and snapping, but doing it in a nontroll like way to keep his comments from being deleted. If not then I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion, but mine, and just about everyone else’s, sure isn’t anything like his.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Okay. But if the NCAA did actually take the long view then how might you explain their apparent lack of consistency in enforcement with programs that have exhibited long-term cultures of bending/breaking the rules such as UCLA, Kentucky, etc?

    The current or past players have never been the issue with institutional sanctions but rather the people who administer and direct the institution. In IU’s case, all of them are also gone.

    FWIW: Did you answer my question?

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