Good for Indiana.
But actually, I'd like to say good for the NCAA.
Because the governing body has decided to do the right thing and not further penalize the Hoosiers basketball program, according to the Indianapolis Star. The school will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET, at which time the case is expected to be announced and discussed and (presumably) applauded.
Look, I'm not into letting cheaters walk.
Cheaters should pay.
But Indiana has already (and is still) paying dearly, and if you don't believe me I'd advise you to check the box score from Monday's 88-50 loss to Notre Dame. The Hoosiers were scrappy and tough and yet totally dominated, which was to be expected because that's what happens when you lose every relevant player and recruit in any particular year. And that's why I suggested five months ago that the NCAA should do exactly what it did, i.e., recognize that Indiana is suffering to an unusual degree and in turn decline to kick a Hoosier while it's down.
Ultimately, that's what happened.
So good for Indiana.
And, more to the point, good for the NCAA.
As for Kelvin Sampson and the five-year show-cause penalty the NCAA has reportedly levied against him, I think it's mostly inconsequential. Sampson was never going to get a college job in the next five years anyway, and I'm not sure any school will ever hire him again given that he found such high-profile trouble at two different schools. So in reality, the show-cause is probably unnecessary, and the guess here is that Sampson -- now an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks -- will just continue learning the NBA game and probably find himself as a head coach in that league someday, which is proof that we live in a country like no other.