McRobbie seeks recommendation from investigation

  • 02/15/2008 5:56 pm in

mcrobbie1.jpgIndiana University President Michael McRobbie announced earlier this afternoon that the school has ordered an immediate investigation into the NCAA allegations involving the basketball coaching staff and Athletic Director Rick Greenspan will report back in a week with his recommendation on the next step the school will take. (This pretty much concords with what we reported yesterday.)

“Today I am announcing that I have directed the athletics director to oversee an immediate investigation of these new allegations and make an assessment as to whether they are credible and accurate. I have given him seven days as of now to complete this task,” McRobbie told the media.

McRobbie continued, “When this investigation is completed, the athletics director will use the findings to guide him in making a recommendation to me as to what our next steps will be. I want to make it clear that all of us are going into this with no presumptions. I do not know what conclusions the investigators will come to regarding these new allegations.”

In other words, Greenspan has a week to get to the truth and provide accurate information to McRobbie. He’s also got a week to do his best to save his own job, which will be no easy task.

You can be sure about one thing: the end game of where this is going seems perfectly clear to me. At the least, Sampson will be suspended while the university gets its ducks in a row to terminate him shortly after the season. If Sampson is found to have lied to the university and the lawyers sign off, he could be gone before that time. Either way, we can all agree there’s no way he lasts beyond this season.

Here are some links to coverage from the presser from around the Web along with a word from Rob Senderoff:

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  • kurt

    … and very conveniently Sampson remains on the bench in the meantime for the two most important BT regular season games.

    Well played. I need to go shower now.

  • BrianK

    I say (like i did in previous post), at Saturady's game on ESPN, fans wear “bring back knight” or some simliar tshirt. Not necassarily to bring him back but the standards we had then and also to protest what the admins have done to this program. We need to show our dissatisfaction in a strong way. Get a Bobbbby….Kniiiiight…clap,clap chant going. The basketball and football program bring alot of money to the school and admin the past decade has acted like its petty and I feel truly do not understand what they actually mean to the state. I'm not for actually bringing Knight back (unless strictly interim for rest of season) but feel it would be a great way to show how we feel abotu what tehy have done.

  • BrianK

    I pray they actually do something after Tuesday. Suspend him rest of season, fire him, let him resign…something. i hope greenspan is gone also but most importantly I hope they get an actual, up to date coaching prospect list and don't use some company from Atlanta to help find one. We need to get it right this time and get this ball going. There's some good coach's out there. Pearl might but would be hard but grant from VCU and butler's Coach would be great.

  • kevin lemme

    Old news…but something different

    Purdue's men's basketball program hit with NCAA sanctions
    that time, Purdue had already disciplined assistant coach Frank Kendrick for meeting with then-recru
    PrintEmail DoubleClick Any Word Page 1 of 1 The NCAA Committee on Infractions ruled the university violated rules regarding recruiting, extra benefits and ethical conduct in the men's basketball program, in addition to several secondary violations in the women's basketball program.

    As part of the school's penalty, it will have to repay up to 90 percent of the revenues generated from the Boilermakers' appearance in the 1996 men's NCAA tournament, and an assistant men's basketball coach was banned from off-campus recruiting for a year.

    Purdue was spared possible sanctions that would have left them ineligible for future NCAA tournament berths or televised appearances.

    But the Boilermakers will lose a scholarship for the 2000-01 and 2000-02 academic years, limiting the men's basketbal program to 12 scholarships for those seasons.

    The university also will be limited to four paid recruiting campus visits during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons.

    Also, all team and individual records from the 24 games during the 1995-96 season in which an ineligible athlete participated will be vacated. That includes their NCAA tournament appearance that season, when Purdue, a No. 1 seed, was eliminated by Georgia in the second round.

    The committee penalized Purdue, in part, for a 1995 loan that an assistant coach arranged for a prospective player to receive $4,000 through a representative of the university athletic interests. The loan was never repaid, minimal effort was made to collect the balance and eventually the loan was charged off by the bank after the player left for another institution following the 1995-96 academic year.

    Last fall, athletic director Morgan Burke said Purdue found no evidence to support allegations about the loan. But the NCAA found the loan was unsecured, given to a player with no credit history and lacked a cosigner.

    Purdue officials said they had no immediate comment on the NCAA sanctions, which have come on the heels of the controversy surrounding Minnesota's basketball program.

    The NCAA began a preliminary inquiry into the allegations with interviews at the school in the summer of 1997 and expanded it in March 1998.

    Kendrick was fined an undisclosed amount of money and forbidden to recruit off campus for 10 days during the official recruiting period that began in November 1996.

    The NCAA, which did not mention Kendrick by name in the report, said an assistant coach involved in the recruiting violations would be subject to NCAA ''show-cause'' requirements for one year. The penalty allows the committee to determine whether the individual's athletic duties should be limited for a specified time.

    In December 1996, Burke said coach Gene Keady and Kendrick inadvertently violated NCAA rules by making 15 telephone calls to Davis, who later signed with the Boilermakers, but did not play as a freshman because of academic ineligibility. Davis played in 12 games as a sophomore last season, then quit the team in December.

  • Joe Bob

    Kelvin Sampson is a c###su##er

  • Tom

    Having Greenspan do an investigation is equivalent to having Cheney do an investigation of Bush. The end result that should happen is simple:fire Sampson,Greenspan, and any trustee that supported Sampson.

  • JamesHardy

    I was thinking more along the lines of Gore investigating Bill and Monica….

  • JamesHardy

    I was thinking more along the lines of Gore investigating Bill and Monica….