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Kelvin Sampson Timeline

The events leading behind the allegations of NCAA violations at Indiana

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The recruiting scandal that rocked Indiana University last season was years in the making. Here's a look at coach Kelvin Sampson's career and the events leading up to the NCAA's charges.

Kelvin Sampson Coaching Timeline

1981-85:

Head coach at Montana Tech (NAIA). Compiles 73-45 record in four seasons.

1986:

Becomes assistant at Washington State.

1988:

Named head coach at Washington State.

1992:

Reaches second round of the NIT.

1994:

Compiles 20-11, reaches second round of NCAA tournament. Leaves Washington State with a 103-103 overall record in seven seasons, takes head coaching job at Oklahoma.

1995-1998:

Leads Sooners to NCAA Tournament, losing in first-round game in NCAA Tournament for four straight years.

1999:

Leads Sooners to NCAA Sweet 16.

2000:

Leads Sooners to NCAA second round.

According to a later NCAA investigation, Oklahoma staff makes the first of 577 improper phone calls to recruits.

2001:

Big 12 Tournament champions. Another NCAA Tournament berth/first round loss.

2002:

Sooners post 31-5 record, win Big 12 Tournament, reach Final Four.

2003:

Sooners post 27-7 record, win Big 12 Tournament, reach Elite Eight.

2004:

In a rebuilding year, Sooners post 8-8 conference record and fail to reach NCAA for the first time in Sampson's tenure. Lose in second round of NIT.

The improper recruting calls and practices cited by the NCAA end.

2005:

Sooners tie for Big 12 regular season title, reach NCAA second round.

2006:

Another NCAA Tournament berth/first round loss.

Sampson leaves Oklahoma with a 279-109 overall record in 12 seasons, three conference tournament championships, eleven NCAA tournament berths, six first-round exits and one trip to the Final Four.

March 29: Announced as new head coach at Indiana University, replacing Mike Davis.

April 20: Officially signs seven-year contract to coach Hoosiers.

May 26: Receives official punishment from NCAA for violations committed as head coach at Oklahoma. Sampson is banned from off-campus recruiting and making telephone calls.

October: Eric Gordon signs with Indiana. Despite having verbally committed, while a high school junior, to play for Big 10 rival Illinois. The switch ignites a great deal of discussion and allegations of underhanded recruiting practices.

2007:

Indiana finishes its first season under Sampson with a 21-11 overall record. Hoosers lose in second round of NCAA Tournament.

October: Indiana discloses more than 100 improper phone calls made to recruits. Assistant coach Rob Senderoff loses his job, but no action is taken against Sampson.

November: Sampson's Hoosiers are ranked in the top ten of the preseason AP rankings

2008:

February 13: Indiana receives word of five major recruiting violations stemming from the October, 2007 incident and Sampson's failure to fulfill the obligations of his punishment for violations committed as coach of Oklahoma.

February 22: Indiana reaches agreement on a $750,000 buyout of Sampson's contract, ending his tenure as coach. Assistant coach Dan Dakich assumes control of the team.

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