Indiana University will receive three years probation from the NCAA for recruiting violations under former men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson but will not be further penalized, sources close to the investigation told The Indianapolis Star today.
The infractions committee accepted IU’s self-administered sanctions, including a reduction of scholarships and recruiting limitations, as sufficient. The school was found guilty of “failure to monitor” the program, said a source who has read the NCAA’s report, but the committee used softer language than in the original accusation.
Sampson, now an assistant with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, was given a five-year “show cause” penalty, which essentially prevents NCAA schools from hiring him. Rob Senderoff, a former IU assistant and now an assistant at Kent State, was given a three-year show case penalty. It’s not yet clear how he will be affected.
The official announcement will come in a teleconference with reporters at 4 p.m. today.
Probation is defined by the NCAA rulebook as “designed on a case-by-case basis to focus on the institution’s administrative weaknesses.” It is supposed to include written reports from the school to the infractions committee and in-person reviews of the school’s compliance policies by an NCAA administrator.
However, in a year-long study released last month by the infractions committee on possible changes in enforcement policy, committee members said that in actual practice, written reports and in-person checks “have never been imposed as mandatory in all cases.”
If a school fails to satisfy the terms of probation, the infractions committee may extend the probation and impose new sanctions.