Bloomington - The addition of a new allegation appears to be the reason behind the exit of Rick Greenspan.
In the aftermath of IU's appearance before the NCAA Infractions Committee two weeks ago, the NCAA has added a sixth allegation against Indiana University - failure to monitor. While the governing body originally charged former Coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff with five rules violations, the Infractions Committee heard enough at the hearing to add the sixth charge against the university.
Indiana University made public the sixth allegation Thursday. The NCAA made it clear that IU should have been more vigorous in tracking Sampson and his staff's recruiting practices.
"...the university failed to monitor the men's basketball program in terms of (a) the general monitoring required of all NCAA member institutions; and (b) the heightened monitoring required by the prior infractions history of the former head coach; and (c) the required strict adherence to those additional process it put in place pursuant to its adoption of the penalties imposed in (the Oklahoma report)."
In the wake of the new allegation, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie made it clear that IU plans to defend itself "vigorously" against the charge.
But no matter what the final decision is on the "failure to monitor" claim, Greenspan's tenure in Bloomington will end Dec. 31.
In a prepared statement, Greenspan said his presence at the head of the department was a distraction, and that the right decision was to step down.
"I believe a new person will be in a stronger position to lead IU Athletics moving forward and it is in IU's best interests for me to stand down," Greenspan said. "You can rest assured that I will work with great diligence and effort on behalf of our student athletes and coaches over the next six months. They deserve nothing less."
Like McRobbie, Greenspan also made it clear that he disagrees with the NCAA's conclusion.
"I am extremely disappointed in the new charges brought by the NCAA Comittee on Infractions against Indiana University that were released today. I disagree with these charges, particularly since the NCAA Enforcement staff did not reach this same conclusion after their original, in-depth investigation."
New Monitoring Charge Is Greenspan's Undoing
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