Report Questions Sampson's Account of Calls

Bloomington, Ind. – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson has said he was an unwitting accomplice in a series of three-way phone calls that has landed the IU basketball program in hot water, but the Ice Miller report raises questions about that statement's validity.

Bloomington, Ind. – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson has said he was an unwitting accomplice in a series of three-way phone calls that has landed the IU basketball program in hot water, but the Ice Miller report raises questions about that statement's validity.

Indiana University released the Ice Miller report Tuesday morning, an independent investigation into alleged improper phone calls made by the IU basketball coaching staff. Among other things, the report details the specifics of the three-way calls that were in violation of the NCAA sanctions that Sampson was saddled with in the aftermath of the recruiting violations that unfolded at Oklahoma, along with a series of excessive phone calls that were made to recruits by his staff.

During an Oct. 14 teleconference detailing the report's findings, Sampson said that with the exception of one of the three-way calls to prospective recruits, he was unaware that recently departed IU Assistant Coach Rob Senderoff was also on the line. But a couple of those third parties involved don't have the same recollection of events.

According to the report, six different recruits were involved in the impermissible three-way calls, including three from last year's recruiting class and three from the '08 class. The report says IU officials were able to make contact with three of the recruits (or their representatives) in question, and two of the three recalled both Senderoff and Sampson being involved in the conversation.

"The University was careful to clarify with both individuals (names have been blacked out of the report)…that both coaches participated in the conversation at the same time as opposed to Senderoff speaking only during the first portion of the call and then remaining silent when Sampson was on the phone," the report says.

"The two individuals were specific in their recollection that Senderoff was involved during the whole call."

Both Sampson and Senderoff said they didn't recall Senderoff ever participating in a three-way call or introducing the third party to Sampson.

Indiana University has forwarded its findings to the NCAA, and is awaiting their ruling on both the three-way calls as well as the excessive phone calls.

Indiana University has scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference for today to discuss the Ice Miller report. IU Athletic Director Rick Greenspan, Associate AD Grace Calhoun and Robin Green Harris from Ice Miller will be present.

HoosierNation.com will have more later this afternoon.

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