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Report: Crean committed secondary violation

Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:26 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 8:28 pm
By Matt Norlander

Approaching what's going to be a critical season for he and the Indiana basketball program, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean has had a rough past couple of days.

The season-ending Achilles injury to Mo Creek set the squad back, and now comes a report from's Pat Forde that Crean made illegal contact with a recruit one day after the contact period ended, which was Oct. 5. The recruit in question is Gary Harris, a 2012 guard ranked No. 22 overall by

In a statement released Tuesday, the school said, "Coach Crean immediately reported an inadvertent recruiting contact violation to our compliance office, and we are following our normal procedures."

The school says in its report that Crean visited the unnamed student-athlete at an Indianapolis-area high school on Thursday, Oct. 6. According to the NCAA recruiting calendar, the contact period ended Oct. 5.

Indiana's self-report said assistant coach Tim Buckley recognized the calendar error later that day and reported it the same day to the IU compliance office. The school then contacted the NCAA that same day as well. After consulting with NCAA enforcement representative Chris Strobel, the school docked itself two days on the recruiting trail as punishment for the violation.

The violation is minor, and in reality happens nearly as frequently as impermissible phone calls. But given the sensitive nature at Indiana, where Kelvin Sampson brought upon much controversy to he and the school, every infraction is taken extra seriously. The Hoosiers do not get off probation from the Sampson era until next month, Nov. 24.

Harris is also being courted by Kentucky, Purdue and, most notably, Michigan State. The Spartans are of course coached by Tom Izzo, who is a mentor to Crean, as the IU coach once served as an assistant to Izzo at MSU more than a decade ago.
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Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:54 am

Report: Crean committed secondary violation

Wow????!!!!! Your Ignorance is baffling???? What part of PROBATION do you not understand? It's a grammar school concept, hang in there bud.

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:21 am

Report: Crean committed secondary violation

Wow, your ignorance is baffling.  Every major division 1 coach has made mistakes like this.  Just this summer Coach K was tagged for a minor infraction.  This is the equivalent of Jaywalking.  Coach Crean built a great program at Marquette and he is doing a good job at Indiana despite an extremely uphill battle.  He has put together some good recruiting classes despite NCAA sanctions and he will have Indiana back at the top of the Big 10 (12) soon. 

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:11 am

Report: Crean committed secondary violation

The NCAA seriously needs to do something about this. It's an obvious sign that Crean isn't taking the probation serious and the heat is warming his rear with his job on the line. What kind of example does this send if they let them get away with this again(remember Crean committed a violation in 09). It's time for the NCAA to crack down on this stuff, before it completely ruins college basketball. They're on PROBATION and to me that justifies a post season ban or scholarship restrictions. The man is a fraud and it's finally showing.

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