The NCAA and Indiana University both issued releases on the eligibility statuses of freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin earlier this evening and here’s some answers to the most pertinent questions regarding the NCAA’s ruling:
What did the NCAA rule in regards to the NCAA eligibility of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin?
The NCAA ruled that Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin, both freshmen at Indiana, must sit out nine regular season games as a result of receiving impermissible benefits from Mark Adams, who is considered a booster by the NCAA’s definition. According to the NCAA’s release, Jurkin accepted approximately $6,000 in benefits and Mosquera-Perea accepted approximately $8,000.
Who is Mark Adams and what is his relationship to Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin?
Adams, a 1980 graduate of Indiana University, is a nonscholastic basketball coach and the founder of A-HOPE. The A-HOPE foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2004, lists on its web site that its mission is “to provide deserving student athletes a seamless process of obtaining a student visa, transportation to the United States, making sure they are acclimated to their new environment and providing them with an opportunity to receive an outstanding education.”
Both Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin were brought to the United States from Colombia and Sudan by the A-HOPE foundation. Adams coached both players in the Indiana Elite AAU basketball program and is Mosquera-Perea’s apparent guardian.
Why is Adams considered a booster by the NCAA?
From July 30, 1986 to Nov. 30, 1992, Adams made a total of seven donations totaling $185 to the Indiana Varsity Club.
Even though the NCAA does allow prospective student-athletes to receive normal and reasonable living expenses from an individual with whom the student-athlete has an established relationship (which Adams had with Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin), Adams was deemed a “booster” because of his Varsity Club donations and thus, covering the expenses for Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin was a violation of NCAA bylaw 13.2.1.
How was the NCAA alerted to these violations?
Indiana determined the violations took place on April 13, 2011 and alerted both the NCAA and Big Ten of secondary violations on April 25, 2011. It then formally submitted its finding of the facts in the case to the NCAA on June 22, 2012.
In self-reporting these violations to the NCAA, Indiana also agreed to take the following three actions.
1. An immediate payment of a $5,000 fine for failure to properly certify one former student-athlete prior to competition. That student-athlete was Tijan Jobe, who also had expenses paid for by Adams.
2. Request reinstatement for Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin via the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement process, which was a required step to certify their eligibility.
3. Suspend communication between Adams and the IU coaching staff for a one year period beginning on July 1, 2012. Additionally, Adams will not be provided complimentary admission to men’s basketball events, something typically provided to other AAU coaches.
How much in expenses will Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin be forced to repay?
The NCAA has ruled that Jurkin, who received around $6,000 from Adams’ A-HOPE Foundation, must repay $250 to “a charity of his choice.” Mosquera-Perea, who reportedly received around $8,000, is being asked to repay around $1,590 to charity.
In the case of Kansas’ Josh Selby, the former Jayhawk guard was able to repay using scholarship money and it’s believed that Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin would be able to do the same.
Which games will Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin miss?
The freshmen will miss nine games — pending an IU appeal of the length of the suspension — starting with Friday’s season opener against the Bryant Bulldogs.
The next eight games line up as such: home matchups against North Dakota State and Sam Houston State; games at the Barclays Center against Georgia and either Georgetown or UCLA; and four straight home games against Ball State, North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Coppin State and Central Connecticut State.
Provided the NCAA’s ruling is upheld, the earliest the freshmen would be available to return would be a Dec. 15 game against Butler in Indianapolis.
Is Indiana appealing the length of the suspension?
Yes, Indiana is appealing the length of the suspension this week with the Student Athlete Reinstatement Committee. As of now, there’s no strong indication just how long such an appeal process will take or Indiana’s chances of winning such an appeal.
Both Alex Bozich and Ryan Corazza contributed to this report.