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Verne C. Freeman papers regarding NCAA infractions

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 70
Identifier: MSF 439

Scope and Contents

The Verne C. Freeman papers contain correspondence, notes, clippings, and documents related to an NCAA investigation into improper recruiting methods used by Purdue Basketball Coach George King.


  • 1961 - 1967


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

In 1966 Purdue University Athletic Department was under investigation by the NCAA for illegal basketball recruitment activities. Head basketball coach George King allowed an unauthorized scrimmage with potential high school recruits, paid for their dinners, and participated in "unplanned" visits to prospective players' households. The players included Perry Wallace, Charles Bavis, Charlie Coffman, and others. These actions violated NCAA rules and regulations on engaging with prospective players. The infractions were brought to the athletic director's attention, who then notified President Hovde and Associate Dean V.C. Freeman, the faculty representative on the Athletic Affairs Committee.

Freeman met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions and it was determined that these arrangments occurred under King's leadership and therefore is responsible for these incidents. Purdue University Athletic Department was placed on probation for one year. Additionally, King could not participate in any level of recruitment for a year.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

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Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

News clippings and fragile documents were photocopied for preservation purposes. Collection was originally housed in a sealed acid-free envelope until its restriction period ended in 2011. Materials were moved from their original envelope to an acid-free folder in 2020.
Verne C. Freeman papers regarding NCAA infractions
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Keertana Marella, Adriana Harmeyer, and Grace Anderson
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2012-01-05.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-08: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella.
  • 2020-11-17: Collection description updated and former access restrictions removed by Adriana Harmeyer.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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