NCAA Upholds Penalties vs. Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ The NCAA today upheld its findings that Purdue’s basketball program violated rules on recruiting, extra benefits and ethical conduct but reduced the financial penalty from $800,000 to $80,000.
Purdue challenged the NCAA’s committee on infractions, which said in June that former assistant coach Frank Kendrick arranged the contacts leading to a a $4,000 bank loan made to Purdue player Luther Clay in August 1995. The committee also said Kendrick arranged contacts for financial assistance provided by Indianapolis businessman Gene McFadden to the mother of former Purdue player Porter Roberts.
The appeals committee today vacated one finding against Kendrick, saying evidence the assistant coach arranged for the mother of a prospect to move to Indianapolis was not reliable. Kendrick has been reassigned to a university position outside the basketball program.
NCAA spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said Purdue originally was fined 90 percent of all money going to the Big Ten from the 1996 NCAA tournament.
She said the appeals committee ruled that the school should instead return 90 percent of its share after dividing the payments with other Big Ten universities.
Payouts from the tournament are disbursed over a six-year period.
``Purdue takes seriously its institutional responsibility to control its athletic programs within the rules, and the NCAA confirmed during these proceedings that we exercised that control,″ athletic director Morgan Burke said.
Coach Gene Keady said he’s glad the ruling won’t reflect on any of the team’s current or future players.
``The biggest disappointment about the outcome is that we are asked to forfeit 24 games because of the participation of a former player who had minimal impact on our success in those games,″ Keady said.