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IU to launch investigation

Sampson’s fate could be known next week

February 16, 2008

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— Kelvin Sampson's future as Indiana's basketball coach could be determined by next week.

University president Michael McRobbie said Friday the school would conduct a new investigation into NCAA accusations that Sampson committed five major rules violations.

A school investigation last year revealed Sampson and his assistants made more than 100 impermissible calls. That occurred while Sampson was on NCAA probation for making 577 improper phone calls between 2000 and 2004 while coaching Oklahoma.

Athletic director Rick Greenspan, university counsel Dorothy Frapwell and faculty representative Bruce Jaffee were asked to run the investigation and then recommend by next Friday what steps the university should take.

"I fully understand the desire for us, by many people, to move quickly in bringing this situation to resolution," McRobbie said. "We intend to do just that."

An NCAA report Wednesday accused Sampson of providing false and misleading information to university and NCAA investigators, failing to promote a high standard of honesty in the program and not promoting an atmosphere of compliance.

Sampson said Wednesday he never intentionally provided false or misleading information to NCAA investigators.

During pregame introductions Wednesday, Sampson drew more boos than cheers, and university trustees have expressed disappointment over Indiana's predicament. The school has not been hit with a major NCAA infraction since 1960.

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