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May 25, 2006

Oklahoma penalties come down

Posted by Bob Condotta at 12:49 PM

The NCAA just announced its findings and penalties regarding its investigation into recruiting violations committed at Oklahoma while Kelvin Sampson was head coach.

This figures to be big news today as the new penalty against Sampson, now the coach at Indiana, seems pretty significant — he can't make phone calls or recruit off-campus for a year.

And Washington is a bit player in this as current Huskies assistant Jim Shaw worked at Oklahoma from 2000 to 2004 before coming to UW.

He testified before the committee last month and is identified as "Assistant Coach B'' in the full 30-page report.

But the news is good for Shaw as the committee decided against penalizing him further, noting that Washington enacted some penalties of its own on Shaw after learning of the Oklahoma investigation.

Here's a story we wrote about that last month.

The committee also noted that the number of impermissible phone calls Shaw made declined drastically his final two years at Oklahoma compared to his first two, when he testified that he lacked the job security to challenge how things were being done.

Here's the full report, with the penalty stuff pertaining to UW on pages 19 and 20 (section N).

As our story reported last month and as the NCAA report notes, UW has already served all of these penalties, so there is nothing new for UW fans to worry about. And Shaw, I'm sure, is glad to have this now behind him.

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