Purdue will pay about $80,000 in penalties rather than $800,000 for violating rules on recruiting, extra benefits and ethical conduct in its men's basketball program, the NCAA ruled yesterday. The NCAA's decision leaves unsettled the fate of former assistant Frank Kendrick and Purdue's 1995-96 Big Ten championship.

Purdue had challenged the NCAA's committee on infractions, which said in June that Kendrick arranged the contacts leading to a $4,000 bank loan made to Purdue player Luther Clay in August 1995. The committee also said Kendrick arranged contacts for financial assistance provided by Indianapolis businessman Gene McFadden to the mother of former Purdue player Porter Roberts. The appeals committee vacated one finding against Kendrick, saying evidence the assistant arranged for the mother of a prospect to move to Indianapolis wasn't reliable. Kendrick has been reassigned to another university position. Purdue also will forfeit 24 games it won while Clay was on the team during the 1995-96 season, when the Boilermakers won the Big Ten championship and finished 26-6. The Big Ten's compliance committee will have the final say on whether Purdue's championship will be affected by the forfeits.

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