Report: Hawley won't be Hoosiers' AD for compliance services
Less than a month after he agreed to become Indiana University's associate athletic director for compliance services, Chad Hawley has changed his mind about the job.
The Indianapolis Star reports Hawley, who last served as the Big Ten's assistant commissioner for compliance, returned to his role with the Big Ten. He also held compliance jobs with the Mid-Continent Conference and Ivy League and at North Carolina State and Appalachian State, his alma mater.
Hawley's annual salary at IU would have been $105,000.
Indiana University reorganized its athletics compliance staff ahead of the NCAA infractions committee hearing over alleged rules violations by former basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.
Sampson is now an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks.
IU athletic media relations director J.D. Campbell told the Star on Friday that the school is close to hiring a new compliance director.
"We are looking at all of our options and hope to have the situation resolved in the very near future," Campbell told the Star.
School officials announced in October that an internal investigation found Sampson and his staff made more than 100 impermissible phone calls to recruits while he was still under NCAA sanctions from another phone-call scandal at Oklahoma.
Late last month, the NCAA decided IU's inability to keep Sampson's hand out of the cookie jar was every bit as offensive as the coach's lack of self control. After a hearing in mid-June, the Committee on Infractions notified Indiana that the school was also being charged with "failure to monitor."
While not as harsh as a lack of institutional control, the allegation could mean stiff penalties including additional scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions, a source familiar with NCAA rules said.
Even while the Sampson scandal took yet another scalp, that of athletic director Rick Greenspan, who announced his resignation on June 26, angry and defiant IU officials vowed to fight the charges.
"Without question I am extremely disappointed in the new charges," Greenspan said in a statement. "I disagree with these charges, particularly since the NCAA Enforcement staff did not reach this same conclusion after their original, in-depth investigation. Nevertheless, the new charges must and will be answered."
A source told ESPN.com that the university had ample opportunity to take corrective actions against its coaches and did not. Also despite additional restrictions because of Sampson's violations at Oklahoma, the coaches were not watched appropriately.
Upon hiring Sampson, Indiana absorbed the penalties the coach had received at Oklahoma, including travel restrictions and phone calls to recruits. Because Sampson was not allowed to call recruits, the coaching staff also was prohibited from initiating three-way phone calls that involved Sampson.
In October an investigation at Indiana revealed that Sampson and his staff made 100 impermissible calls, including 10 three-way calls, in direct violation of the NCAA's punishment.
Yet the source said cellphone bills that went directly to the university's compliance offices were clearly marked 3W to indicate three-way calls and no one said anything to the coaching staff.
Also the source said an e-mail exchange between Greenspan and a member of his compliance staff said that "everything is great," with the basketball staff even though the subsequent investigation revealed rules were being broken at that time.
For Indiana, the Sampson saga has been a protracted program killer. It has cost Sampson, Greenspan and former assistants Rob Senderoff and Jeff Meyer their jobs; torpedoed a top-10 program into a NCAA tournament first-round crash and burn, and left new coach Tom Crean with a disaster to clean up.
Since taking over in Bloomington in April, Crean has dismissed two players (Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis); three others chose to leave and one heralded recruit, Devin Ebanks, asked to be released from his letter of intent.
Information from ESPN.com college basketball reporter Dana O'Neil and The Associated Press were used in this report.
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