Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea, freshmen on the Indiana mens basketball team, must sit out nine games and donate to charity a portion of the impermissible benefits they received before arriving on campus, according to an NCAA reinstatement staff ruling released Tuesday.
Jurkin and Mosquera-Perea received impermissible benefits from A-HOPE, a nonprofit organization that supports athletes from other countries as they pursue educational and athletic endeavors in the U.S.
The organization was founded by Mark Adams, who because he provided a donation of $185 to the IU Varsity Club between 1986 and 1992, is forever considered a booster under NCAA rules. According to IU, the benefits would have been generally permissible had Adams not been deemed a booster.
The players were suspended for the first nine games. Jurkin must repay $250, and Mosquera-Perea must repay $1,588.69.
Indiana will file an appeal in regards to the number of games the two must sit. No. 1 Indiana opens its season Friday against Bryant.
This matter was discovered internally and promptly reported to the NCAA, IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. At the NCAAs 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 NCAAs professional guidance and assistance. I would also like to thank Mark Adams for his forthright candor and cooperation in this matter.
Jurkin is a 7-foot center from Juba, South Sudan. He averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds last year at United Faith Christian Academy in North Carolina. Mosquera-Perea is a 6-8 forward from Istmina, Colombia, who averaged 14.2 points and 10.3 rebounds at La Lumiere School in LaPorte last season.
Indianas self-imposed penalties were a $5,000 fine (based on the NCAAs formula for a failure to properly certify an athlete, in this case former IU player Tijan Jobe, who also received benefits from A-HOPE); suspending Adams from communicating with the basketball staff for one year; and the completion of the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement process by Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin.
IU filed with the NCAA requests for reinstatement of eligibility for Jurkin and Mosquera-Perea on July 27, proposing that the two should be immediately reinstated (without being withheld from any games) and that Jurkin should repay $250 of the reportedly $6,000 in impermissible expenses and Mosquera-Perea $1,238.69 of his nearly $8,000 in impermissible expenses. Those expenses included food, clothing, housing, travel, toiletries, a cellphone, a laptop and other miscellaneous items.
The NCAA reinstatement staff then issued its initial decision that it was requiring Jurkin to repay $250 and Mosquera-Perea to repay $1,588.69 and that they each be suspended for the seasons first nine games. IU submitted additional information Thursday. The NCAA issued its reconsidered decision, which confirmed the initial ruling, the next day. IU received a written decision Tuesday.
If the two have to sit out the entire nine games, they would be eligible to return Dec. 15 against Butler. The Hoosiers are already without forward Derek Elston, who is recovering from a knee injury. Mosquera-Perea has been sidelined in recent weeks with a foot injury.