The NCAA has upheld the nine-game suspensions for Indiana freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin for receiving improper benefits, rejecting an appeal made by the university's athletic department.
The two players have already sat out five games, and they will be eligible to play Dec. 15 when the top-ranked Hoosiers face Butler.
According to ESPN.com, the NCAA said in its ruling that the decision to uphold the suspension was about more than the $185 that AAU coach Mark Adams paid to the IU booster club 20 years ago. That contribution qualified him as booster, which made it illegal for him to provide the $6,000 and $8,000 in benefits.
Adams is the legal guardian for Mosquera-Perea, who is from Colombia, and coached him and Jurkin, a Sudan native, on the Indiana Elite summer league team.
"While a $185 donation to the university may have triggered the booster's status, recent interactions reinforce his unique access and continuous involvement with the men's basketball team," the NCAA said in a release.
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass was critical of the ruling.
"While we are disappointed with the denial, we are even more disappointed with the case summary communicated by the NCAA public relations staff," Glass said in a statement. "This case continues to be about $185 in Varsity Club contributions over 20 years ago, notwithstanding the NCAA National Office's troubling reference to activities that are permissible or would have been permissible but for the minor donations."