Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Report: Sampson appeals to NCAA
ESPN.com news services
Former Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson has appealed his discipline by the NCAA, The Indianapolis Star reported.
Sampson resigned as the Hoosiers' coach late in the 2007-08 season after the program was accused of major NCAA violations. In November, the NCAA, which found Sampson had committed two major violations, slapped him with a five-year show cause penalty -- meaning that if he applies for another job in the next five years, the school hiring him must appear before the NCAA and show why it should not be subject to penalties.
Indiana was accused of major NCAA violations stemming from more than 100 impermissible phone calls to recruits by Sampson and his assistants during his first season at the helm. Sampson resigned under pressure last February after accepting a $750,000 buyout.
A source close to Sampson, now an assistant coach with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, said his appeal will be based on two points, according to the Star.
The first point of appeal claims that the NCAA infractions committee misinterpreted testimony by former Indiana assistant Rob Senderoff, leading it to conclude that Sampson knowingly placed impermissible recruiting phone calls, according to the report. The second point of appeal claims the NCAA's enforcement staff was biased and indicated an assumption of guilt by requesting a hearing before all of its interviews were complete.
While the NCAA infractions committee found Indiana had failed to adequately monitor its basketball program, it also accepted the school's self-imposed discipline without adding additional punishment.
Sampson's attorney, Michael Glazier, declined comment on the appeal. the Star reported. NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn said under the body's policy, it does not comment on an appeal until the case is resolved.