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Last updated on Friday, June 6, 2008
(UNDATED) - A former staff member under Kelvin Sampson says NCAA recruiting violations committed by Sampson had to have been done purposefully.
In an NCAA case summary released to The Indianapolis Star, former IU Director of Basketball Operations Jerry Green is quoted as saying he sees absolutely no way violations could have been an accident. Green says the violations had to have been done intentionally, because there was too much information given to the coaching staff to keep them from making a major mistake.
The Hoosiers were accused by the NCAA of five major recruiting violations in February. Among the violations were illegal three-way calls made involving recruits, Sampson, and former assistant Rob Senderoff.
Sampson claimed he had no knowledge of being involved in three-way calls, but 10 people interviewed by the NCAA make it clear that Sampson was aware. Seven recruits told the NCAA that it was obvious that three-way calls were being made and that Senderoff and Sampson were both involved in conversation during some of the calls to recruits.
Sampson claimed IU compliance staff didn't explain to him and prevent violations from occurring.
Sampson accepted a $750,000 dollar buyout from Indiana in February and IU has issued further self-restrictions on their program.
An upcoming NCAA committee hearing will determine weather IU's self restrictions are sufficient or if there should be additional penalties levied against the program.
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