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Indiana basketball program hit with 3-years probation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA has placed Indiana University on
three years of probation and imposed stiff penalties on former
basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and an assistant for a telephone
recruiting scandal that decimated the once-storied program.
Sampson received a five-year show-cause penalty for his role in
more than 100 impermissible phone calls to recruits made while he
was still on probation for a similar phone-call scandal at
Oklahoma.
Former assistant Rob Senderoff, now an assistant at Kent State,
faces a three-year show cause penalty.
The penalties announced by the NCAA Tuesday cap a 20-month saga
that began with Sampson's hiring in March 2006 while under the
cloud of a telephone recruiting scandal at Oklahoma.
In finding Indiana guilty of failing to monitor its basketball
program, the NCAA faulted the university for not having adequate
"real time" monitoring systems in place when Sampson was hired
but acknowledged that the former coach's conduct was
"unprecedented."
"He ignored signed compliance agreements with the institution
in which he agreed to comply with the penalties imposed on him and
his program due to his commission of violations in the Oklahoma
case. He ignored telephone penalties imposed on him in that case
and committed the same type violations for which he had already
been penalized during the same time that those penalties were in
effect," the report said.
The Associated Press left messages for Indiana University
officials seeking comment. Calls to Sampson, now an assistant with
the Milwaukee Bucks, and Senderoff were not immediately returned.
Sampson has repeatedly denied the violations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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