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NCAA says Sampson broke rules

February 14, 2008|From the Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kelvin Sampson's future at Indiana was in doubt Wednesday after the release of an NCAA report that says he committed five "major" violations.

According to the report, the basketball coach and his assistants provided false and misleading information to university and NCAA officials.

The allegations stem from a phone-call scandal that occurred while Sampson was still under recruiting restrictions after a similar episode at Oklahoma. The NCAA ruled in May 2006, less than two months after Sampson took the Indiana job, that the Sooners coaches made 577 illegal calls between 2000 and 2004. The NCAA banned Sampson from calling recruits and making off-campus visits for a year.

In October, however, new allegations surfaced after an internal review. Only five months after Sampson came off probation, an Indiana investigation found Sampson's staff made more than 100 impermissible calls, and that he had participated in at least 10 three-way calls that were prohibited as part of the sanctions during his probationary period.

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