INDIANAPOLIS -- Purdue will pay about $80,000 in penalties rather than $800,000 for violating rules on recruiting, extra benefits and ethical conduct in its men's basketball program, the NCAA ruled Wednesday.
The NCAA's decision leaves unsettled the fate of former assistant Frank Kendrick and Purdue's 1995-96 Big Ten championship. Purdue officials said Wednesday it's too early to tell what will happen in either case.
"It's been a long haul. A lot of different people have been involved," Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said. "My feeling is not one of relief. ... It's probably going to be something that I'm going to need to get out from underneath for a while, to reflect on the whole thing."
Purdue had challenged the NCAA's committee on infractions, which said in June that 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 on Wednesday vacated one finding against Kendrick, saying evidence the assistant arranged for the mother of a prospect to move to Indianapolis wasn't reliable. Kendrick has been reassigned to another university position.
The committee also reduced the financial penalty from $800,000 to $80,000.
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 also will forfeit 24 games it won while Clay was on the team during the 1995-96 season when the Boilermakers won the Big Ten championship and finished 26-6.
Burke said the Big Ten's compliance committee will have the final say on whether Purdue's championship will be affected by the forfeits. He said Big Ten commissioner Jim DeLaney told him the committee would look at a number of factors, including if there was a finding of institutional control, the way the case was handled by the institution, the penalties imposed and the contributions of the player.
Kendrick, a former Purdue basketball star, had been an assistant to Keady since 1990. He resigned last June when Purdue filed its appeal.
"Frank has been a very loyal, dedicated Purdue guy. As he goes forward now, certainly we can't bring him back on to the bench," Burke said. "He'll have to sort out what's best for him."
Burke said that since it is the middle of the school year and Kendrick has children in school, "doing any kind of separation right now doesn't seem right to us."
He said the athletic department has offered to continue funding his position for the balance of the school year and that "everybody will need a little time to sort through and decide what the next steps are."
Burke said he hopes the university can now move on even though he disagrees with some of the decisions.
"When I get up in the morning, I feel like I did the right thing. I did what the university pays me to do, and that is to try and manage these things to the best of my ability," he said.
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