Honestly, the NCAA might as well have given this program the death penalty. Its probably one of the saddest conclusions to a relatively minor recruiting violation that I've ever seen. As a Kentucky fan, I certainly have no love for IU... but I really do feel bad for the school and their fans. Hiring Sampson was a mistake easy to see for almost everyone (except the AD and the president obviously) but I never expected this to be the results.
Kentucky's violations in the 80's were far more egregious and the imposed penalties much more severe, but we didn't have the complete and total collapse of everything that was already in place the way IU is experiencing.