When asked for their reaction to Indiana’s new phone call violations, Bruce Weber and Matt Painter didn’t tackle the question directly.
But, without referring specifically to Kelvin Sampson, the head basketball coaches at Illinois and Purdue, did say coaches should generally be able to follow the NCAA’s rules for phone calls to recruits.
“Anybody in our business should try to adhere to the rules,” Weber said at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago.Â “I know Iâ€™m not perfect. Nobody is perfect. But you hope anybody will stay within the limitations.”
Weber said he follows the phone call rules, but it is possible that he might accidentally call a high school junior twice in a month, when he’s only allowed to call once. He said that might happen if he called the recruit at the start of the month and then forgot about it before calling him again at the end of the month.
Painter said that because he’s drawing his information about the new Indiana violations from what he reads in the media, rather than first-hand knowledge, he didn’t think it appropriate to comment on that situation.
But he did say that the NCAA recruiting phone call rules – which allow one phone call a month to juniors and two phone calls per week during parts of their senior year – aren’t that difficult to follow.
“Once a month, twice a week, it’s not that complicated,” the Purdue coach said.