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Sampson To Fight NCAA Sanctions

Last updated on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - Former Indiana University basketball coach Kelvin Sampson has appealed the sanctions placed on him by the NCAA, according to a report on The Indianapolis Star’s website.

The Star cites a source close to Sampson as saying that the appeal is based on two points - the infractions committee misinterpreted testimony by former IU assistant coach Rob Senderoff and that the NCAA enforcement staff was biased and showed a prejudgment of guilt in the case.

The NCAA handed down a five-year "show cause" penalty on Sampson that virtually bans him from coaching a member school during that time period. The "show cause" order means that a school wanting to hire Sampson would have to appear before the infractions committee and show cause why the school should not be subject to penalties.

Sampson and his staff were accused of making impermissible cellphone calls to recruits and lying to Indiana University and NCAA investigators.

IU also received an additional charge for a "lack of institutional control" in overseeing Sampson's program. The infractions committee ruled that Indiana's self-imposed penalties were punishment enough.

Indiana university bought out Sampson's contract in February of 2008.

Sampson is currently an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and is due in Indianapolis tonight as the Bucks face the Indiana Pacers.

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