Indiana's legal fees for alleged violations under Sampson still rising

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University is still paying for Kelvin Sampson's tenure as its men's basketball coach -- and the price is still going up.

The university -- which spent $750,000 to buy out Sampson, who resigned after he was charged with five major NCAA rules violations -- has spent nearly $500,000 in legal fees to lawyers handling allegations of those violations by Sampson and his staff, according to Indiana media reports.

That figure is expected to increase as the university deals with an additional NCAA allegation of failure to monitor the men's basketball program under Sampson.

The Herald-Times of Bloomington and The Indianapolis Star reported that according to the most recent bills -- obtained by the newspapers through public records requests -- the university spent $497,646 on outside legal counsel through July.

Of that amount, about $470,000 was paid to the Indianapolis law firm of Ice Miller. The remainder went to an attorney representing Sampson and the university at a 2006 hearing regarding NCAA rules infractions at Oklahoma while Sampson was the coach there.

Sampson resigned from Indiana on Feb. 22 and accepted the buyout after the NCAA charged him with major rules violations dealing with telephone calls to recruits.

Indiana is still waiting for the NCAA to decide whether it will subject the Hoosiers to additional penalties besides those already self-imposed by the university, including the loss of one basketball scholarship.