The biggest issue, from what I recall, with the Sampson debacle was multifaceted.
1) He was the President of the National Basketball Coaches Assoc. who's objective was to clean up recruiting.
2) He was caught cheating at OU for excessive phone calls.
3) IU hired him under provisions due to OU's self-imposed infractions.
4) He committed the exact same violations, while under probation, immediately during his tenure at IU.
Those together struck at the oversight and integrity of the man. And, made a mountain out of what otherwise could have been a mole hill.