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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sources: Indiana self-reported violation

By Pat Forde
ESPN.com

Indiana has self-reported a secondary NCAA rules violation by the men's basketball staff involving blue-chip recruit Gary Harris, according to multiple sources.

The school acknowledged to ESPN.com that coach Tom Crean committed the violation while recruiting an unnamed student-athlete in Indianapolis last week.

In a statement released Tuesday, the school said, "Coach Crean immediately reported an inadvertent recruiting contact violation to our compliance office, and we are following our normal procedures."

The school says in its report that Crean visited the unnamed student-athlete at an Indianapolis-area high school on Thursday, Oct. 6. According to the NCAA recruiting calendar, the contact period ended Oct. 5.

Oct. 6 marks the beginning of an evaluation period, which is defined thusly by the NCAA:

" ... (T)he time a college coach may watch a prospective student-athlete play or visit the high school but cannot have any in-person conversations with the possible recruit or the parents off the college's campus."

Indiana's self-report said assistant coach Tim Buckley recognized the calendar error later that day and reported it the same day to the IU compliance office. The school then contacted the NCAA that same day as well. After consulting with NCAA enforcement representative Chris Strobel, the school docked itself two days on the recruiting trail as punishment for the violation.

Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard ranked the No. 10 prospect nationally by ESPNU, is considering the Hoosiers along with Kentucky, Purdue and Michigan State, among others. He has several visits to others scheduled in the coming weeks.

The violation first came to the attention of some media members via emails from a Kentucky fan and blogger who works for KentuckySportsNetwork.com.

Indiana is currently on NCAA probation until Nov. 24 for major violations that occurred under former coach Kelvin Sampson.

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com.