Bloomington, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The NCAA has upheld the nine game suspensions of Indiana freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin.
They already have sat out five games and will be eligible to play Dec. 15 against Butler.
Coach Mark Adams was found to have provided $6,000 and $8,000 impermissible benefits to the players.
The NCAA stressed that the impermissibility ofthe benefits has more to do with Adams’ booster status due to the $185 he paid to the IU booster club 20 years ago.
The NCAA said that recent interactions reinforce Adams’ unique access and continuous involvement with the men’s basketball team.
It cited signed financial aid documents for two former Indiana players, the fact that Perea and Jurkin lived with Adams multiple summers and that the university supplied Adams with permissible, complimentary tickets.
Adams is the legal guardian for Perea, who is from Colombia, and coached him and Jurkin, a Sudan native, on the Indiana Elite summer league team. Both players came to the U.S. via Adams’ A-Hope Foundation.