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Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

Posted on: May 12, 2008 7:10 pm

Indiana released its response to the NCAA this afternoon. It's a document that suggests the school has been punished enough and does not deserve additional sanctions. It also states that it's "reasonable to conclude" former coach Kelvin Sampson repeatedly misled NCAA investigators.

Sampson has formally addressed the NCAA with a written response, too.

The following text is his cover letter, obtained by

May 8, 2008


NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions
1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive
Indianapolis, IN  46202

 Dear Committee Members:

Enclosed is my written Response to the allegations set forth in the NCAA enforcement staff’s Notice of Allegations to Indiana University, Bloomington, dated February 8, 2008.  I have been assisted in the preparation of this Response by legal counsel to ensure that I proceed as expected by your policies, procedures and practices.

When I appeared before you in April 2006 to address recruiting telephone contact violations at the University of Oklahoma, I accepted responsibility for my mistakes, I answered your questions truthfully and with great candor, and I pledged to do everything within my power to avoid violations in the future.  That experience had a profound effect on me.  I was embarrassed and I was wholly determined to not put myself and my family through another experience like that.

When I arrived at Indiana University, I hired an experienced staff and made my expectation of strict compliance with NCAA rules and with the restrictions imposed upon our staff very clear.  As set forth in detail in the body of my Response, each member of my staff confirms that my expectations were made clear.  I endorsed and cooperated fully with the monitoring systems set in place by Indiana’s athletics compliance staff.  I relied upon the monitoring program that was set in place.  Again, the statements of my staff as set forth in my Response confirm this.  I told my staff repeatedly that I never again wanted to go through an experience like I had in the Oklahoma case and that we as a staff needed to completely buy into the monitoring systems implemented by Indiana’s compliance program. 

On the day the recruiting restrictions ended in May 2007, I felt a sense of great relief and peace.  I believed that the darkest days of my coaching career were behind me and that we could now move forward with our goal of returning Indiana’s basketball program to a position of prominence.  I went to Athletic Director Rick Greenspan’s office and together, we celebrated the occasion with “high fives.”  With the recruiting call monitoring system we believed was being operated by the compliance staff, neither of us had any reason to think there might be issues.

Accordingly, I cannot adequately describe in words how stunned I was to learn from Mr. Greenspan later that summer that the compliance office’s review of my staff’s phone records had revealed possible violations.  First, I could not believe that if in fact the records showed violations, some since my staff’s earliest days at the University, the matters had not been detected and brought to the attention of Mr. Greenspan and myself much earlier so they could have been addressed in a timely fashion.  And second, given how strongly and frequently I had communicated to my staff that I expected 100 percent compliance – I could not believe that NCAA rules and Committee on Infractions’ imposed restrictions had apparently been disregarded. 

My life since that day has been a nightmare and my family has suffered profoundly along with me.  I have been judged by many in the media and public to be a cheat and a liar and I have lost my job – all long before I will have had an opportunity to present my case to you and without Indiana University conducting a meaningful investigation into the allegations made by the enforcement staff.  Even this NCAA process has not followed the prescribed course.  A date for the hearing of this case was set before interviews, including one of me, were completed by the enforcement staff and before the enforcement staff issued its Notice of Allegations.  These pre-determined results are of grave concern to me.  It is my hope that the scheduled June hearing will allay my fears that final judgments have already been made.

As difficult as this process and experience has been for me, I do, given the circumstances, look forward to the opportunity to appear before you and, with the assistance of my counsel, to attempt to ensure that you have all of the information available on the relevant matters so that you can make a fair, unbiased and accurate determination on whether I knowingly participated in telephone conversations with recruits that were contrary to the restrictions imposed upon me and Indiana University by your committee following the Oklahoma infractions case.


Kelvin Sampson
Category: NCAAB

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2008 1:29 pm

According to Jim Calhoun.....

Sampson is no cheater.  There is a differance between someone who breaks the rules and someone who cheats.  Jim knows Kelvin and Kelvin is no cheater.

Sounds to me like old slippery Jim is trying to differentiate himself from someone who cheats.  I wonder why?

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2008 12:17 pm

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

You don't understand! It is IU's fault they didn't catch him cheating sooner, so they could have told him so he could have had more oppurtunity to blame others for him cheating. See, it's not his fault. He is a victim. Just like the guy who robbed a dozen banks. If the cops had caught him earlier, then he wouldn't have robbed the rest of them. It's the cops fault. FREE SAMPSON! FREE SAMPSON! VIVA LA FRANCE! ATTICA! ATTICA! PABLO ESCOBAR WAS A VICTIM! LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS A SOVIET PLANT! ELVIS LIVES!

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 11:43 pm

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

WOW. It's only phone calls, he's never done it before? Everybody's doing it so let's all pat Kelvin on the back, cut him some slack, and go have beer at Lil Dixie's, while Seven Spanish Angels plays in the background. UNBBBBBleaveable

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 9:03 pm

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

Why do we have to trash the whole indian nations because of what one man did? Let's leave the generalities at home!

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 8:58 pm

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

Not an ounce of responsiblity has been accepted or admitted by Sampson.  The letter basically says they, the IU monitoring dept., didn't catch me early enough. When he made these same mistakes at OU, I thought some of the mistakes must be innocent. Now, I can't give him an ounce of understanding. I also don't care that they are "ONLY" phone calls.  This is making the same mistake after you've had your hide nailed to the wall for it. That's pretty darn stupid to me.

The sad thing was he had got past (or slid around) the mistakes at OU and had an opportunity to start over at a school that he should have been able to recruit well at, without cutting any corners. As the song reminds us, though it was talking about something entirely different  "Some fools never learn, play with fire and you're going to get burned."

Viktor Krapper
Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 7:48 pm
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Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2008 4:08 pm

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA


Sampson is saying that is was the responsibility of the monitoring program to notify him of any procedures that could cause infractions. The reality of the situation, is that the monitoring system is supposed to detect and advise of any infractions.

An analogy that comes to mind ...

Most cars (at least modern ones) have a "Check Engine" light that is supposed to come on when you are getting close to needing an oil change or any other routinely scheduled services based on you mileage. If that light never comes on for some reason, do you just never bring the car in for service? Is it the light's responsibility to take care of your car, or is it YOUR responsibility?

It's a pretty flimsy defense on Sampson's part, is what I'm getting at.

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2008 2:37 pm

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

Note 2 Kelvin: Shut up; Quit digging, the hole is deep enuff D-Bag!!!

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 10:51 am

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

How can the monitoring program that is truly working only identify problems more than a year after they allegedly occur? Does the head coach have the authority and responsibility to access all staff's phone records (both school and home phone records) and to scrutinize them and verify them call by call? If he spent all his time doing this would he have time to coach his team to the NCAA? Read the investigation by the NCAA, most of the alleged improper phone calls were found when the school accessed the assistant coach's HOME phone records! If we are to convict on these records why don't we access the home phone records of all college coaches? I would imagine that there would be many rules violations among many schools that the sporting public think of as clean. I am not saying that what Rob Senderoff did at IU was not wrong, I am saying that we may be over reacting to convicting Kelvin Sampson of somebody else's sanction violations. His programs have not ever been accused of paying players or their families, or falsifying grades or paying other students to take tests/classes for players. This man's job,reputation and future employment at the NCAA level has been taken away from him before he was ever given a fair chance to investigate and defend himself. Do we really think the NCAA (who has already charged, tried and convicted him, along with his employer-Rick Greenspan and IU, in February 2008) will give him an unbiased, fair hearing in June, 2008? If this had been SEC football it would have been passed off as the consequences of doing business and trying to compete in the SEC.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2008 6:53 pm

Text of Sampson's letter to the NCAA

I'll bet Kenneth Lay's legal response text to the feds for the Enron collapse had some similarities.

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