November 25, 2008

NCAA puts former cage coach on probation

Former Indiana basketball Coach Kelvin Sampson was placed on NCAA probation Tuesday for recruiting violations.

Sampson was given a five-year show-cause order from the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

Sampson, now an assistant in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, resigned from Indiana on Feb. 22. Former assistant coach Rob Senderoff, now an assistant at Kent State, was given a three-year show-cause order.

The show-cause penalties mean that Sampson's duties would be limited should he try to attain another NCAA job.

The NCAA also gave Indiana three years' probation, having been found guilty of failing to monitor the program. The school's self-imposed sanctions were accepted by the NCAA and include reduction of basketball scholarships and numerous recruiting restrictions.

Sampson was in his second season at Indiana after spending 12 years at Oklahoma. He has 25 years as a collegiate head coach. He guided Oklahoma to the Final Four in 2002.