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IU to give up scholarships in anticipation of NCAA penalties

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University will give up two
basketball scholarships for the upcoming season in anticipation of
penalties related to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, assistant
athletic director Frank Cuervo confirmed Wednesday.

The APR is a percentage score over a rolling four-year period
that measures retention and eligibility of players. Teams can lose
scholarships if their score is subpar and they have a player who
left school early and would not have been academically eligible had
he remained.

University officials do not comment on players' academic
standing due to privacy laws, but coach Tom Crean has said he
"inherited a tremendous amount of dysfunction."

Cuervo said that the move is partially related to the number of
players who have left since the end of the 2007-08 season. Eric
Gordon went to the NBA. Brandon McGee, DeAndre Thomas, Armon
Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis were dismissed from the team, and Eli
Holman and Jordan Crawford left the program.

But Cuervo said it wasn't that simple.

"It's not necessarily about one issue," Cuervo said. "It's
obviously related to the APR score. In terms of reasons, it's not
necessarily due to just players leaving."

Indiana already has given up one scholarship for 2008-09 due to
the phone-call scandal under former coach Kelvin Sampson. Indiana
still is awaiting the NCAA's decision on the allegations against
Sampson.

"We will take contemporaneous penalties pro-actively this year
for upcoming '07-08 numbers, and we don't anticipate further
penalties going forward," school spokesman J.D. Campbell said.

Campbell said Crean's previous academic record at Marquette,
including the fact that all 26 seniors who exhausted their
eligibility graduated, made Indiana confident.

Crean has eight scholarship players available for the upcoming
season. He also has a transfer who has to sit out a year and will
be eligible in 2009-10. That counts as nine scholarships for
2008-09 and leaves the Hoosiers with one available.