|Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and teammate Peter Jurkin still have four games left to sit. (US Presswire)|
The NCAA announced Friday that its appeals committee has upheld the nine-game suspensions of Indiana freshmen Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea. Because the duo has already missed five games and must miss the next four, they'll now be eligible to compete for the first time when the Hoosiers play Butler on Dec. 15.
"According to the facts of the case regarding the violations, which were agreed upon by the university, Jurkin and Mosquera-Perea accepted approximately $6,000 and $8,000, respectively, in impermissible benefits from an Indiana University booster," read a statement released by the NCAA. "The recruiting inducements were provided on multiple occasions during the student-athletes' recruitment, and included plane tickets, meals, housing, a laptop, cell phone and clothing."
All of that is true. But what made this story unusual and a pinata for anti-NCAA types when it broke earlier this month is that the "Indiana University booster" is Mark Adams, who doubled as Jurkin's and Perea's summer coach. He's a "booster" by definition because of a $185 donation made to IU two decades ago.
That's the first version of the story.
Folks were outraged by it.
And they might still be outraged.
But the NCAA provided more details Friday.
"While a $185 donation ... may have triggered the booster's status, recent interactions reinforce [Adams'] unique access and continuous involvement with the men's basketball program," read Friday's statement. "Specifically, [Adams] signed financial aid documents required for two former Indiana University basketball student-athletes in 2008 and 2010. Further, Jurkin and Perea lived with the booster in Bloomington, Ind., during multiple summers. Indiana University also provided the booster, who is a nonscholastic coach, with permissible, complimentary men's basketball tickets."
Indiana has suspended its relationship with Adams until July 2013, according to the NCAA.