- Dana O'Neil, College Basketball
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What could have been an agonizing wait ended quickly for one former member of the Indiana University coaching staff.
Just a week after the university's hearing with the Committee on Infractions, ex-assistant Jeff Meyer was told via letter that he would not be charged with any major infractions nor would the committee impose any penalties against him, Meyer's attorney Stu Brown said Thursday. That means Meyer, who has yet to be rehired, will not receive a show-cause penalty and is free to work at any college or university.
Meyer contended all along that his infractions were secondary and that he made only a few impermissible phone calls as compared to former head coach Kelvin Sampson and assistant Rob Senderoff. Before last week's hearing, the NCAA reduced one of its charges against Meyer -- that he gave a T-shirt and backpack to a recruit -- from major to secondary.
Indiana, Sampson and Senderoff face four major violations and both Sampson and Senderoff could receive show-cause penalties. The committee is expected to release its findings in early August.
After the hearing in Seattle last week, the committee imposed a gag order on all parties in attendance but allowed Meyer to release a statement about the decision regarding him.
"In my nearly 30 years of coaching college basketball, I have always tried to do my work well and to do good work within the NCAA rules," Meyer said in his statement. "This very public investigation called into question in a matter of months my professional credibility and personal integrity, and it has been a very costly and humiliating experience for me and my family. As I have done from day one, I acknowledge making unintentional, isolated mistakes, which the Committee found to be secondary in nature. I take personal responsibility for my independent actions. If I have an opportunity to continue my coaching career, I will be better prepared to mentor student athletes and to work with a compliance staff as a result of the lessons I learned from this painful experience."
Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former IU assistant Jeff Meyer was told that he would not be charged with any infractions nor would the committee impose any penalties against him.