Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan, associate athletic director Grace Calhoun — who is the compliance director — and Robin Green Harris, an NCAA expert for the Ice Miller law firm, will address the media during a teleconference at 3. We’ll tryto bring you details from what they say.
The teleconference has ended, with little new information being revealed. Greenspan called Senderoff’s resignation “voluntary,” on several occasions, even though it was not. But because he continued to cast it that way, he answered no questions on why Senderoff was forced to resign almost an entire month after the report was originally submitted to the NCAA. He was able to evade those questions.
He did say that former player and assistant coach Dan Dakich, who is currently on the staff as the director of basketball operations, will move into Senderoff’s slot as an assistant coach. That position, though, will retain the sanctions placed on Senderoff, meaning Dakich won’t be able to call recruits or go on the road recruiting.
Greenspan and Green Harris said they won’t speculate as to when the NCAA will issue a ruling on either of the reports Indiana has submitted.
On the issue of three-way calls and whether Sampson realized he was participating in them, Greenspan was vague. Though the report indicates that two targets of those calls — one a recruit and one a mother of a recruit — said that Sampson and Senderoff were both on the phone and involved in the conversations, Greenspan indicated that he believed Sampson and Senderoff when they said they remembered no such conversations. Green Harris said that Ice Miller pushed Senderoff and Sampson — “I’m probably not one of his favorite people,” she said — on that issue and that they continued to state that they didn’t remember those conversations.
Green Harris also said she asked Sampson about why he didn’t realize they were three-way calls by looking at his Caller ID. Sampson told her that because he was on sanctions and could not make calls, he quickly answered any calls made to him without looking to see who was calling. Green Harris couldn’t say whether Sampson had Caller ID on his home phone — where several of the three-way calls were directed — but said the too-excited-to-look principle still applied.