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Thursday, June 5, 2008
IU revamps athletics compliance staff

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has reorganized its athletics compliance staff ahead of next week's NCAA infractions committee hearing over alleged rules violations by former basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

Jennifer Brinegar, who spent the past 12 years working on Indiana's compliance issues, will become senior assistant athletic director for recruiting and enrollment services, and Chad Hawley will take over as associate athletic director for compliance services.

Both moves are to become official later this month.

"Jennifer's many years of experience and dedicated service to IU will enable her to be a great asset right away in our recruiting efforts," athletic director Rick Greenspan said in a statement released Wednesday. "Her compliance background provides her with an excellent perspective on the NCAA's complex rules in the area of recruiting."

The moves follow alleged NCAA rules violations that led to the $750,000 buyout of Sampson's contract in February.

Hawley's most recent job was being the Big Ten's assistant commissioner for compliance. He's also held compliance jobs with the Mid-Continent Conference and Ivy League and at North Carolina State and Appalachian State, his alma mater.

Brinegar, a former Indiana swimmer, will be in charge of directing recruiting visits, as well as developing recruiting materials, overseeing eligibility and coordinating summer orientation for new athletes.

School officials announced in October that an internal investigation found Sampson and his staff made more than 100 impermissible phone calls to recruits while he was still under NCAA sanctions from another phone-call scandal at Oklahoma.

Sampson contends that he has been judged before having a chance to make his case, which he will have a chance to do at the NCAA hearing scheduled for Friday in Seattle.