Indiana submitted its response to the NCAA’s charge that it failed to monitor the men’s basketball program today.
The document will become a public record when the NCAA and the committee on infractions members have acknowledged receipt and the university’s lawyers have redacted the names protected by privacy laws.
We’ll be back at The Bus on the west side of Memorial Stadium Stadium Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 for our pregame report that you can watch live at HTO.
Our guests before Indiana’s conference opener against Michigan State will be former Hoosier coach Bill Mallory and 1979 Big Ten MVP Tim Clifford, who will be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night.
If you can’t make it to the stadium yourself, join us before the game. We’ll also have our usual fan chat during the game here at The Hoosier Scoop.
I’m still trying to reach Bawa and his guardians.
A source confirmed for me late last night that the Scout.com report was true, and I sort of forgot to let you know that. Which is mostly just an indication that I didn’t think that Evan Daniels would get it wrong.
Scout.com is reporting tonight that 2009 big man Bawa Muniru has given a verbal commitment to become the sixth member of Indiana’s next incoming class.
The 6-11 native of Ghana may not even be sure where he’ll attend school this year — the prep school he planned to play for has shaky academics, according to the NCAA, so he’s looking for a new one — but confirmed to Evan Daniels that he called IUs coaches to say he would accept their scholarship offer.
We’ll have more on this story.
NOTE: Posted here is the first of four Indiana basketball reports this afternoon from Chris Korman. The other three are posted below.
One player who has already committed to Indiana’s class of 2009, shooting guard Maurice Creek, will bring with him to Bloomington this weekend a current teammate who could become the sixth player to join that class.
Chris Braswell, a 6-foot-8, 225-poound forward, plays with Creek at Hargrave Military Academy and is, according to HoosierNation.comâ€™s John Decker, one of two players likely to fill out next yearâ€™s freshmen class. The other, 6-11 center Bawa Maniru, visited last weekend.
Marquis Teague, one of the top guards in the class of 2011, will also be in town according to Mike Pegram of InsideIndiana.com. Teague, from Pike in Indianapolis, is the younger brother of Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague.
Indiana athletic department spokesman J.D. Campbell said the department plans to submit its response to the NCAAâ€™s â€œfailure to monitorâ€ charge Friday.
Indiana was originally supposed to turn the document over to the committee on infractions last week, but was given a mysterious nine-day extension.
IUâ€™s response likely will not become a public record until the NCAA has had time to distribute it to all committee members for review.
The committee must rule on the failure to monitor charge â€” which was added after IU had its original hearing â€” before releasing its full public report on the five major violations IU and former coaches Kelvin Sampson and Rob Senderoff are charged with committing.
No timetable for a release of that report has been announced.
Freshman guard Matt Roth has not yet been cleared to work out with the team as he deals with a shoulder injury.
Roth, a talented 3-point shooter, had what his roommate Tom Pritchard described as â€œa little separationâ€ in the shoulder and has been rehabbing for three weeks.
â€œHeâ€™s definitely getting better,â€ Pritchard said Thursday. â€œHeâ€™s definitely working and doing a lot of therapy and stuff. He told me that he wants to play but with his condition, what he has right now, the trainer, Tim Garl, thinks itâ€™s probably not a good idea to start going full-contact right now.â€
This is the fourth of four Indiana basketball reports this afternoon from Chris Korman. It comes from a conversation today with Tom Pritchard.
Few ties to the Kelvin Sampson era in Indiana basketball remain.Tom Pritchard, a freshman forward on Tom Creanâ€™s first team, is one of them.
He committed to Indiana last September, before the university revealed that Sampson had committed more NCAA violations.
Pritchard signed with the Hoosiers in November anyway, and he and one other Sampson recruit, guard Matt Roth, honored their letters of intent.
Through four weeks of conditioning and individual workouts, Pritchard has observed a difference in the IU program he plays for from the one he originally signed up for.