BLOOMINGTON -– The NCAA has suspended Indiana freshman forwards Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin nine games and ordered that they repay improper benefits received from Mark Adams, the founder of the A-HOPE Foundation.
The NCAA had originally considered the benefits legal but revisited the matter after learning that Adams had donated $185 to IU's Varsity Club from 1986-92. By NCAA rules, once you donate to a university's athletic organization, you are forever considered a booster.
Boosters aren't allowed to provide benefits for recruits.
IU is appealing the number of games.
If the suspension goes into effect starting with Friday's season opener against Bryant, Jurkin and Perea would be eligible to return for the Dec. 15 game against Butler at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
A-HOPE is a nonprofit organization that supports athletes from foreign countries. Jurkin is from South Sudan. Perea is from Colombia.
Adams, a 1980 IU graduate, coached Jurkin and Perea on his Indiana Elite AAU team. Adams had attempted to become Perea's legal guardian. The 6-8 Perea was rated as one of the top 45 players in the Class of 2012.
“This matter was discovered internally and promptly reported to the NCAA,” athletic director Fred Glass said in a university release. “At the NCAA's direction, we conducted an extensive and thorough review in cooperation and consultation with the NCAA Basketball Focus Group. While I am very disappointed with these circumstances, I am very pleased with the way we have responded and appreciative of the NCAA's professional guidance and assistance. I would also like to thank Mark Adams for his forthright candor and cooperation in this matter.”
The report released by Indiana Tuesday night indicated Jurkin had received benefits totaling $6,003. Perea had received $9,007. That money was used for items such as food, clothing, housing, airfare, toiletries, a cellphone, a laptop and more. A former Hoosier player, Tijan Jobe, also received $2,655 in impermissible benefits.
“Despite the minimal nature of Mr. Adams' donations, and the fact that the last donation he made was more than 15 years before he provided expenses to a prospective student-athlete who enrolled at the institution," the NCAA wrote in its letter to the school. "Mr. Adams must be considered a representative of the institution's athletics interests."
Adams told Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Herald Times that the $185 consisted of seven checks written by his then wife for an IU alumni car sticker. He also said the money came from the A-HOPE organization and not from him personally.
IU sent a report to the NCAA in June that included a self-imposed fine of $5,000 for Jobe's impermissible benefits. That reflected the NCAA's formula for failing to properly certify a student-athlete. IU also imposed a one-year suspension of communication between Hoosier coaches and Adams.
IU proposed that Jurkin and Perea should repay a portion of the impermissible benefits as a donation to a charity, but should be reinstated without a suspension.
The NCAA reinstatement staff ruled Jurkin would repay $250 and Perea $1,588.69, and that they must sit out the first nine games. IU's appeal will be that the number of games is too harsh.
ESPN announcer Jay Bilas tweeted that the nine-game suspension was “laughable.”