Indiana University Athletic Director Rick Greenspan announced over the weekend that sanctions are being imposed on the men’s basketball program, and at least two members of the IU basketball coaching staff will face financial consequences for recruiting violations.
In a release issued by the athletics department, Greenspan says the actions are being taken following a two-month investigation by an Indianapolis law firm, conducted at the request of the university. That investigation revealed that calls were made to recruits, their family members, or coaches, in violation of NCAA guidelines. A report from the law firm of Ice Miller says that on ten occasions an assistant coach involved Coach Kelvin Sampson in conversations with the players or their representatives.
Greenspan says as a result of the violations, Sampson has agreed to forego a $500 thousand raise this year, and the program will forfeit one scholarship. In addition, assistant coach Rob Senderoff will be prohibited for one year from making any recruiting phone calls, or conducting any off-campus recruiting. Senderoff also will forego any salary increase next year, and will receive no bonus this year.
The university release says an additional 35 calls made by assistant coaches were also in violation of NCAA rules. That information will be forwarded to the NCAA, along with the initial report about Sampson’s conversations. Sampson came to IU under sanctions because of similar violations committed while he was coach at the University of Oklahoma in the 2005-2006 season.