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Bombshell: Indiana Coach Alleged Lied About Recruiting Violations

Here's today's bombshell: The NCAA considers previously disclosed recruiting violations by Indiana Coach Kelvin Sampson and two assistants to be major violations, meaning they could bring severe penalties. The NCAA alleges that Sampson provided "false or misleading information" to investigators and Indiana Athletic Director Rick Greenspan said the university views the allegations "with grave concern."

So what does this mean? Will Indiana punish itself by declining an NCAA tournament bid? Unlikely. Any punishment isn't likely to come around until well after the basketball season concludes. I find it doubtful that Indiana would take this preemptive measure that some other rule-breakers have done in the past. There's no question, though, that Sampson is in serious jeopardy - having been placed under restrictions after recruiting violations at Oklahoma, he went out and broke more rules then tried to cover it up, the NCAA alleges. Would jettisoning Sampson be enough to avoid major penalties? It might, but the thought here is that the NCAA would still want to punish Indiana because it took the risk by hiring a coach already under restrictions for rules violations.

By Josh Barr  | February 13, 2008; 12:32 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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