Aug. 15, 2006
Kansas City, MO. (August 15, 2006) - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Ethics Committee has reprimanded Indiana University Head Coach Kelvin Sampson for NCAA infractions that occurred during his tenure at the University of Oklahoma. The NCAA Committee on Infractions penalized Sampson in June 2006 for impermissible telephone contact with prospective student-athletes that occurred at the University of Oklahoma from 2000-2004.
The Ethics Committee has placed Sampson's membership with the NABC on probation for a period of three years, during which time he will be ineligible:
to serve in any official capacity for the NABC, including, but not limited to, any board or committee of the NABC or any of its affiliates;
be considered for District Coach of the Year or National Coach of the Year honors; and
to receive Final Four ticket privileges.
The NABC Board of Directors authorized the NABC Ethics Committee, from the time of its formation in 2003, to consider any and all cases where there are findings of improper conduct of basketball coaches by the NCAA Infractions Committee. The Ethics Committee does not conduct subsequent fact-finding investigations. The Committee does determine if penalties should be assessed.
"When one coach falls, we all fall. And as Guardians of the Game, we must take responsibility for protecting and promoting the best interests of the game of basketball and the integrity of the coaching profession," said Reggie Minton, Chairman of the NABC Ethics Committee. "We must hold one another accountable and that's exactly what the Ethics Committee is doing through these actions."
The NABC Code of Ethics were adopted in 1987 and are used as a condition of membership in the organization. The Code of Ethics are intended to guide basketball coaches individually and collectively in maintaining the highest professional level of ethical conduct.