Improper contact with a basketball recruit has led the Indiana University Athletics Department to impose sanctions on itself for violations of the NCAA’s recruiting bylaws. A release from the school says the player is a high school senior who’s been recruited by IU for more than two years and has been offered a scholarship.
Head basketball coach Tom Crean and Assistant Coach Tim Buckley are named on the NCAA’s violation reporting form as the individuals involved in the recruiting violation. The violation arose when Buckley told Crean he could contact the recruit on what he thought was the final day schools could talk with recruits. In reality, the deadline had passed the day prior. IU officials say the violation was reported to the NCAA on the same day it happened.
Coaches are typically allotted three off-campus recruiting days with a potential player, but if one of those days is used improperly, the NCAA imposes what it calls a “2-for-1 penalty,” whereby each impermissible recruiting day counts as two when considering how many have been used. This was the first contact with the recruit in question, so Crean and other IU coaches now have just a single off-campus visit left with him after taking the penalty.
Crean, on his Twitter feed, said, “I have been out recruiting all day. We take the rules very serious (sic) and work very hard to stay compliant with them. In reality there are no excuses and I am glad we realized it when we did so we didn’t repeat it that day.”
Former IU coach Kelvin Sampson was dismissed when he and his staff made more than 30 impermissible phone calls to recruits, leading to a number of changes in the school’s compliance department.