You really gotta love FOIA. It allows regular folks access to primary and secondary sources that we otherwise would only hear about through reporters, and who knows if those bozos can be trusted to get it right. (ed. note: we realize of course that the AP in this case submitted the FOIA request; the point here is meant to be that we don’t have to trust what the AP reporters said about the docs, we can look at them ourselves and draw our own conclusions)
Using FOIA, today the AP released Indiana’s response to the NCAA on the allegation that the school failed to monitor Kelvin Sampson and his staff given his ample history of playing a little loosey-goosey with phone calls to recruits. From the Hoosier Scoop:
Most of what the university’s lawyers state is this letter is reiteration, often with greater evidence or a different emphasis. There’s not a lot of new news. The executive summary of primary arguments, found on page four, does its job nicely. Both because it outlines IU’s argument and captures the general tenor of the response: just because we didn’t find the calls right away doesn’t mean we weren’t monitoring and . . . Please believe us! IU states that it’s compliance measures far exceeded those of similar institutions, and that only four of the impermissible calls could have been caught by those measures (even though they eventually were caught by an intern, a fact IU puffs its chest about repeatedly.) The rest of the calls, it claims, were purposefully hidden by the coaches, and would have evaded even the most stringent monitoring efforts. That’s really the crux of the argument. As it has been for some time.
Classic CYA here. It wasn’t our fault, it was all the guy’s fault who we threw under the bus and who is no longer accountable to us! We did our best but he and his minions were simply too nefarious in their evil dealings!
Quickly looking through some of the exhibits, two things came to mind. First, when ripping someone at another school by using quotes to discredit their statements, you might want to remember that all emails at a public university are subject to public disclosure. Hello, Jennifer Hooker Brinegar! We’re assuming that Oklahoma’s Melanie Roberts is off this year’s Xmas card list. (see exh. 2, #33) Secondly, look at the names (see exh. 1, #29) of the recruits who Sampson and his staff used up all their phone violations on – Bud Mackey (prison), DeJuan Blair (PIttsburgh), Robbie Hummell (Purdue), Demetri McCarney (Illinois) – not a one ended up at Indiana. Talk about zero return on your investment!
If nothing else, this long Hoosier nightmare appears to be finally reaching an end. Whether IU gets additionally screwed or not is up to the NCAA brass, but really, how much worse could they be in 2008-09? Isn’t Kyle Taber and crew punishment enough?