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Two Indiana freshmen suspended for nine games

Tom Crean

The NCAA announced on Tuesday evening that it has handed down nine game suspensions to two Indiana freshmen, Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin, as a punishment for secondary violations they committed while in high school. The Hoosiers will appeal the ruling.

Those violations stem from the athlete’s relationship with a man named Mark Adams. Adams donated $185 to Indiana’s Varsity Club over a seven year period more than two decades ago, and because of that payment, he’s considered a booster for the program.

Seriously.

Adams was the AAU coach for both players and the guardian for Perea, meaning that the benefits he provided them -- $14,000 in lap tops, cell phones, plane tickets, meals and housing -- would not have been a violation had he not given that $185 to Indiana more than two decades ago. There have been rumors swirling about Adams’ relationship with Indiana over the years -- ESPN ran a series on it last April -- which may be why the punishments handed down were so harsh.

In addition to the suspensions, Jurkin has to repay $250 and Perea $1,588.69 to a charity of their choosing.

You can read the full statements from both Indiana and the NCAA here.