Bloomington – While IU officials admit to being "embarrassed, frustrated and disappointed" as a result of the NCAA's ongoing investigation into its men's basketball program, they don't believe a failure to monitor major violation is warranted.
IU made that claim in its written response to the NCAA Committee on Infractrions, which was made public Monday. As instructed, the 148-page document was sent to the committee Friday and dealt entirely with the "Failure to Monitor" allegation that was levied against the university following its appearance in front of the Committee in Seattle in June.
With IU's response now in hand, the NCAA is expected to hand down a final decision on the IU case sometime this fall.
Ever since the new allegation was made public, IU officials have steadfastly maintained that the charge was not deserved. In the response, IU points to the fact its staff uncovered the violations thanks to a two-tiered monitoring system that it claims is more thorough than most Division I-A schools.
In addition to requiring coaches to fill out recruiting phone call "logs" as all universities do, IU claims that its requirement for coaches to also provide copies of their home, office and cell phone bills and fulfilled any extra scrutiny that was necessary given former Coach Kelvin Sampson's history of NCAA infractions. IU's response points out that a survey of Division I institutions revealed less than half them collect office bills (46%) and cell phone bills (44%), and only 2% reviewed home phone bills. It was that cross referencing that ultimately uncovered the violations, which IU reported.
IU's retort also points out that the NCAA's Enforcement staff originally reviewed the case and didn't think the additional major violation allegation was justified.
Now, IU is left to wait to find out if its self-imposed penalties will be deemed sufficient by the Committee on Infractions, or if there are additional penalties handed out in the final ruling.
"We have submitted our response as instructed by the NCAA," said Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan in a prepared statement. "President McRobbie has consistently stated his strong belief that the IU athletic department met or exceeded standards in the area of monitoring, and we hope for a successful adjudication of this allegation."
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