Report: IU has spent over $203K in legal fees over Sampson allegations
The Indiana University athletic department has spent $203,000 on legal fees through March connected to allegations over NCAA rules violations involving former men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff, according to the Indianapolis Star.
• Indiana University issued a 750-page response to NCAA allegations of violations involving former coach Kelvin Sampson. Take a look at the document. Indiana response (pdf)
• What exactly did the NCAA allege happened? Take a look at what the NCAA sent to the president of Indiana University. Notice of allegations (pdf)
• In a statement that runs more than 70 typed pages, former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson responded to the NCAA's allegations that his staff committed violations. Sampson response (pdf)
The Star obtained the legal bills on Wednesday though a public records request.
IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre told The Star that the school has not yet been billed for work beyond March. There likely will be additional legal charges connected to IU's written response to NCAA allegations, filed earlier this month. Indiana is also scheduled to appear before the infractions committee June 14 in Seattle. Sampson and new Indiana coach Tom Crean both are expected to attend the hearing.
According to The Star, the expenses through March included $178,000 to the Indianapolis firm Ice Miller. The firm conducted an investigation and prepared a report to the NCAA in October 2007 about infractions Indiana discovered last summer.
Sampson took the Indiana job in March 2006 and two months later was penalized by the NCAA for making 577 impermissible phone calls between 2000 and 2004 while coaching Oklahoma.
The second wave of charges emerged in October when a university investigation found Sampson and his staff made more than 100 impermissible calls while still under recruiting restrictions. Sampson also was said to have participated in at least 10 three-way calls, another violation of the NCAA's punishment.
At the time, the school imposed additional sanctions upon itself but Sampson seemed likely to keep his job. But an NCAA report released in February by Indiana said Sampson provided false and misleading information to investigators.
He resigned and has resumed his career in the NBA as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.
It is not uncommon for schools in trouble with the NCAA to obtain outside legal help from lawyers specializing in the NCAA's rules and regulations.
Sampson, who resigned from Indiana Feb. 22 and accepted a $750,000 buyout after an NCAA report charged him with five major rules violations, agreed to become an assistant to Skiles earlier this month.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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