Tom Crean spoke to reporters in Maui about the NCAA’s rulings after his team’s 80-54 loss to Saint Joseph’s.
He was, understandably, pleased that his team did not lose scholarships, post-season eligibility or the right to be on TV.
There’s more and I’m in the process of writing about it, but you can listen for yourself if you are so inclined.
Here’s the full text of a just-released announcement from IU with quotes from Michael McRobbie, Rick Greenspan and Tom Crean:
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and senior officials in the Department of Athletics said that for the most part they are satisfied with the conclusions contained in the final report of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which was released today (Nov. 25).
“From the very beginning of these proceedings, we cooperated fully with the NCAA and, in fact, imposed severe recruiting penalties on our men’s basketball program,” McRobbie said. “Although I still believe the failure to monitor charge was unjustified, I am glad that the NCAA has accepted our self-imposed penalties with no further sanctions except a three-year probationary period.”
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Former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson, now a Milwaukee Buck assistant coach, has released an official statement through his agent.
â€œIâ€™m deeply disappointed in todayâ€™s findings by the NCAA, but the accusations at hand are things that happened on my watch and therefore I will take responsibility. I am truly sorry that there were so many people who were hurt in this situation. For the sake of everyone involved, including my family, it is time to move on.â€
I read this as him, at least somewhat, falling on the sword. Granted, it’s too late because the sword has done a lot of damage. But it’s a mea culpa. And more than he has offered in the past.
Read the news release from the NCAA: Division I Committee on Infractions Penalizes Indiana University
Hey, hey the gang will be here to discuss basketball and NCAA rulings.
The NCAA will announce today that Indiana University’s men’s basketball program will be put on three years probation, but will receive no additional sanctions, according to a source close to the investigation.
The announcement will be made during a 4 p.m. NCAA teleconference with reporters from across the country. Reaction from IU officials, including coach Tom Crean, is expected this evening.
Typically, being on NCAA probation means that a school has to make regular reports to the NCAA indicating that it is complying with all regulations.
In addition, the NCAA will announce, according to a report at Indystar.com, that former IU coach Kelvin Sampson has been given a five-year “show cause” penalty, which will make it difficult for any NCAA school to hire him. Rob Senderoff, a former IU assistant coach and now associate head coach at Kent State, was given a three-year show cause penalty.