Indy Star names names in Phonegate

Mark Alesia, who covers the NCAA for the Indianapolis Star and is probably the best sports investigative reporter in the country not employed by ESPN, wrote an article today that revealed the names of the two people who told investigators that they remembered taking part in three-way calls with Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson and former assistant Rob Senderoff.

One was current player DeAndre Thomas.

The other was Yvonne Jackson, the mother of star recruit Devin Ebanks.

Three-way calls were not allowed under the sanctions Sampson was operating under in his first year at IU. Both he and Senderoff, who apparently patched the calls through to Sampson, denied ever taking part in a three-way call in which both were simultaneously on the line and talking to recruits or a recruit’s parents.

All media outlets who requested a copy of the Ice Miller report received a copy of the document on Oct. 30 that had a majority of the names in it redacted.

The Star then made a request to receive a copy of the document redacted only to the extent required by law, and received one that disclosed those involved in the calls.

Thomas’ name was still redacted, but according to the Star the circumstances detailed in the report made it clear he was the player involved.

Click here to read a copy of Alesia’s story.