Sampson says NCAA was 'wrong'

6/30/2009 - Indiana Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indiana University men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson says he has appealed the NCAA's punishment from an infractions case against him when he was coaching the Hoosiers.

Sampson, now an NBA assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, said he has no intention of coaching college basketball anytime soon, even if the NCAA lets him.

In Indianapolis before Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers, Sampson said he's appealing the ruling because he thinks the NCAA was wrong.

"They were wrong in every way," he told a small group of reporters. "If I didn't think they were wrong, I wouldn't have appealed."

It's the first time Sampson has spoken at length about the NCAA's ruling issued just before Thanksgiving.

The NCAA gave Sampson five years of potential penalties for his role in more than 100 impermissible phone calls to recruits made while he was still on probation for a similar phone-call scandal at Oklahoma.