Sampson spanked by coaches

Sampson spanked by coaches

NABC penalizes new Indiana coach for recruiting violations

by Chris Korman, H-T sports writer

August 16, 2006

New Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was reprimanded by the National Association of Basketball Coaches over recruiting violations in his tenure at Oklahoma, becoming the first to be punished by the group. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
From the Aug. 16, 2006 Bloomington Herald-Times

Indiana men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson was stripped of his Final Four tickets and the possibility of being named coach of the year for the next three years Tuesday by a group he once led.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches, through its ethics committee, sanctioned Sampson for the same recruiting violations that the NCAA punished him for in late May.

Sampson was placed on probation for three years. Besides losing his Final Four tickets, he is not allowed to serve on the board of directors for the NABC and will not be considered for either district or coach of the year.

Sampson is the first coach to be punished by the ethics committee, which has existed for several years but has only had a charter giving it the ability to review violations since June.

“When one coach falls, we all fall,” NABC ethics committee chairman Reggie Minton said in a statement. “As guardians of the game, we must take responsibility for protecting and promoting the best interests of the game of basketball and the integrity of the coaching profession.”

According to the ethics committee’s charter, punishments it can dole out range from a private reprimand to expulsion from the group.

An NCAA panel ruled that Sampson created an environment of “deliberate noncompliance” that resulted in Oklahoma coaches making 577 illegal phone calls from 2000 to 2004. Sampson was found to have made 233 of them himself. As a result, he cannot call or visit a recruit off-campus until may 2007.

Sampson served as the president of the NABC in 2003-2004 and convened an ethics summit to discuss the rising number of NCAA violations.

Sampson was unavailable for comment Tuesday but did issue a written statement saying: “I have learned an invaluable lesson, and I hope that this reinforces to other coaches the importance of every aspect of NCAA compliance. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the NABC, and I look forward to moving on to a great future here at Indiana.”

NABC sanctions

Kelvin Sampson was placed on probation for three years by the coaches group and received the following punishments:

• He will not receive Final Four tickets during that time.

• He will not be eligible for either district or national coach of the year honors.

• He will not be allowed to serve on the board of directors of the NABC.

• Another violation would result in immediate suspension from the group.

Sampson served as president of the NABC in 2003-04, during which the group convened an ethics committee to address the rising number of NCAA violations. According to the NCAA report, Sampson and his staff at Oklahoma were making illegal calls while he served as president of the NABC.