Source: Sampson may be vindicated on at least one violation
A high school coach has provided phone records and a statement that refutes one of the 10 impermissible three-way phone calls allegedly made by former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson, a source told ESPN.com.
Sampson, who resigned from Indiana in February, has been charged with making more than 100 phone calls in violation of NCAA rules, including three-way phone calls. Because of recruiting violations Sampson incurred while at the University of Oklahoma, he was prohibited from participating in three-way calls if they originated with a member of his coaching staff.
According to the source, a recruit told the NCAA that former Indiana assistant coach Rob Senderhoff called Sampson while visiting him at his high school and then turned the phone over to the recruit, a violation.
However, the high school coach has turned over his phone records and provided a statement that indicates that he -- not Senderhoff -- placed the call directly to Sampson.
The NCAA has received written notice as well as copies of the phone records regarding the discrepancy.
Sampson is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions for his hearing next Friday.
The source said Sampson hopes the committee will look more carefully at the other phone calls now that one has been disproven and take that into consideration before rendering its decision. The NCAA is not expected to annouonce its ruling until early August.
Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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