. . . according to long-time Champaign News-Gazette columnist Loren Tate.
The News-Gazette (which has a really strong sports staff) charges a subscription to read articles, and as much as all of your love Bruce Weber and his boys I’m guessing you won’t want to pay the fee. Here’s a link to their sports page, anyway.
But I’ll try to summarize:
- Tate’s piece basically sketches Indiana’s current situation on the court — 17-2 and in first place in the Big Ten but unproven due to a weak schedule — and also discusses the NCAA’s on-going consideration of the impermissible phone calls made by head coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff.
- Tate is very careful to say that there were many rumors swirling around the Illini during the early 1990s, and that many of them weren’t true.
- Then he shares what he thinks, which is that “Sampson faces sanctions beyond those handed out by the university. His job and that of the man who hired him, athletic director Rick Greenspan, are in serious danger. Greenspan made a calculated risk in hiring a coach with so much baggage and deserves to be caught up in whatever happens to Sampson.”
- He goes on to say that he’s been told that the NCAA might act before the NCAA tournament.
That’s the gist of it, and if you’re crafty you’ll be able to find the whole thing for free.
To remind you about some of our reporting on this story: our stories/blogs/chats have already stated that Kelvin Sampson very well could be in serious trouble if the NCAA considers these violations to be intentional and therefore major.
We’ve also written stories about the process the NCAA will most likely go through before rendering a decision. Because Indiana conducted its own investigation, the NCAA had the choice of accepting all or part of it and investigating any part it wanted to. We know for sure that investigators have spoken to at least a few of the people involved, but because the NCAA does not discuss ongoing cases we don’t know the extent of the investigations.
Once any level of investigation is finished, the case would be turned over to the Committee on Infractions. That group meets once every two months (it last met in Indianapolis Dec. 7-9 and will meet again on Feb. 15-17). Its meetings are closed, and the committee does not disclose its review of a case — and any punishment it sees fit — for three to eight weeks after meeting. It does so by sending an e-mail in the morning that informs reporters of a teleconference later in the afternoon, during which the case is discussed.
That’s what we know. We’ll continue to try to find out more.