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Indiana's Sampson accused of five major violations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff
violated telephone recruiting restrictions imposed because of his
previous violations at Oklahoma, then lied about it to the school
and NCAA investigators, according to an NCAA report released
Wednesday.
The report sent to the university Friday accuses Sampson of five
major violations, including the allegation of providing "false or
misleading information" to university officials and NCAA
enforcement staff. The school contended in its initial report that
all violations were secondary infractions.
But the NCAA accused Sampson of failing "to deport himself ...
with the generally recognized high standard of honesty" and
failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the men's
basketball program, categorized as major infractions.
Athletic director Rick Greenspan promised the university would
cooperate with all NCAA requests.
"We are extremely disappointed in these new allegations
regarding coach Sampson," Greenspan said in a statement. "To say
the least, we view these allegations with grave concern."
Indiana has until May 8 to provide a written response to the
report. The report says Indiana officials will be required to
appear June 14 in Seattle at a hearing before the Division I
infractions committee.
Major violations of NCAA rules can carry significant
punishments, including postseason bans.
Indiana has not had a major NCAA violation in any sport since
1960.
The report comes more than three months after the university
announced an internal investigation found Sampson made more than
100 impermissible phone calls while still on NCAA probation for
similar infractions at Oklahoma. Indiana has imposed sanctions on
Sampson - forfeiting a $500,000 pay raise and one scholarship next
season.
The NCAA, which could impose additional sanctions, reaffirmed
some of Indiana's own findings, that Sampson had engaged in a
series of three-way calls that are permissible under NCAA rules but
prohibited as part of the punishment against Sampson in May 2006.
But the report also says Sampson was present when his staff
called recruits, had assistant coach Rob Senderoff call a prospect
and hand him the phone and knowingly participated in three-way
calls with at least three recruits. The report said Senderoff, who
has since resigned from the staff, initiated those calls. All were
violations of NCAA restrictions.
The university also punished Senderoff by forfeiting his bonuses
or salary increases for one year.
The NCAA also said Sampson failed to monitor his staff's phone
call documentation.
Senderoff also was accused of lying to the university's
enforcement staff and NCAA investigators and failing to adhere to
the NCAA's expected ethical standards. He is accused of enabling
the three-way calls, allowing Sampson to speak with recruits on a
speaker phone and lying when he signed monthly statements denying
use of his home phone for recruiting purposes.
The NCAA found Senderoff made at least one recruiting call from
his home phone during three months in 2006 and from February
through July 2007.
"The institution reported that Senderoff placed at least 30
calls from his home phone that were violations of the restrictions
imposed on the men's basketball staff by the committee on
infractions," the report said.
Sampson first got in trouble with the NCAA for making 577
impermissible calls from 2000 to 2004 and was sanctioned by the
NCAA in May 2006, less than two months after taking the Indiana
job. Sampson was banned from calling recruits and making off-campus
visits for one year.
Sampson said in October he was unaware he had participated in
three-way conversations on nine of the 10 calls that were found.
Assistant coach Jeff Meyer was accused of having illegal contact
with recruit Derek Elston during Indiana's basketball camp last
summer and giving Elston a backpack and T-shirt, considered
improper benefits under NCAA rules.
Meyer issued an apology through a lawyer.
"In my 29 years as a college coach, I have tried to maintain a
reputation for integrity, fairness and good sportsmanship, values
shared by Indiana University and the NCAA," Meyer said in a
statement released by attorney Stu Brown. "I regret that I may
have made mistakes that are causing my and IU's conduct to be
examined by the NCAA. I will continue to cooperate with both the
university and the NCAA, and I will not comment on this process
again before it is completed."

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