Assistant Coach at Center of Indiana U. Recruit Calls Case Resigns

INDIANAPOLIS

Indiana assistant Rob Senderoff, the focus of an investigation into improper telephone calls to recruits that already has cost the Hoosiers one basketball scholarship and coach Kelvin Sampson a $500,000 pay raise, resigned Tuesday.

The NCAA is still conducting its own investigation, which could lead to further sanctions.

The resignation of Senderoff is effective immediately, IU said in a brief statement from the school’s sports media relations office.

“Rob Senderoff has decided it is in his and Indiana University’s best interests that he voluntarily resign,” the statement said.

Athletic director Rick Greenspan and an attorney with the Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller, which conducted the school’s review of the phone calls for a report to the NCAA, were to speak with reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Senderoff, a former assistant at Kent State, was hired by Sampson in May 2006, the same month the NCAA sanctioned Sampson for making 577 impermissible phone calls between 2000 to 2004 while he was the coach at Oklahoma.

Sampson was barred from calling recruits or making off-campus recruiting trips for one year, but on Oct. 14, less than five months after those sanctions expired, Indiana announced its compliance office had discovered new violations that occurred while the original sanctions were still in effect.

The university investigation found that Senderoff connected Sampson to 10 three-way calls involving recruits, which normally are permitted under NCAA rules but were banned as part of the previous sanctions. It also found that Senderoff made the majority of 35 undocumented calls from his home.

As a result of the internal investigation, Indiana gave up one basketball scholarship in 2008-09 and Sampson forfeited a $500,000 pay raise. Also, Senderoff gave up a scheduled pay raise and was banned from calling recruits and making off-campus recruiting visits for one year.

Additional penalties could come from the NCAA, which has not sanctioned Indiana for a major violation since 1960.

After the findings of the Indiana investigation were disclosed, Sampson said Senderoff initiated calls with recruits in part because of a weak signal on Sampson’s cell phone.

But Sampson said he wasn’t aware that nine of the 10 calls were three-way connections. The one he knew was a three-way call was to clear up questions from a recruit who had already committed to making an on-campus visit, he said.

Senderoff came to Indiana after four seasons as an assistant at Kent State. He previously coached at Towson, Yale, Fordham and Miami of Ohio.



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