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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dozen to plead KU’s case

Hemenway, Perkins, Self, Mangino to travel to NCAA hearing

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Kansas University expects to take a sizable travel party - roughly a dozen officials - Sunday to Baltimore for its hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The most notable names appearing include Chancellor Robert Hemenway, athletic director Lew Perkins, men's basketball coach Bill Self and football coach Mark Mangino.

Others scheduled to attend include Overland Park attorney Rick Evrard and his associate, associate athletic directors Jim Marchiony, Theresa Becker and Paul Buskirk, women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson, faculty representative Don Green and a few others.

In addition, former KU football graduate assistant John Papuchis is expected to be present with legal counsel to give his side of the story. An unnamed football GA in 2003 is cited in the self-report as having committed academic fraud inside the football program in an attempt to get junior-college transfers eligible for the '03 season.

Papuchis left KU after the 2003 season and spent the next two years as an intern at Louisiana State.

Evrard said KU would have a bigger contingent than most because of turnover that has occurred since the violations were committed.

Date with NCAA

  • What: Hearing with NCAA Committee on Infractions
  • When: 8:30 a.m. Sunday
  • Where: Tremont Plaza Hotel, Baltimore
  • Resolution: Nothing immediate; official word from the NCAA should come in a few weeks

"One of the things the committee has done in the recent past is try to get a perspective of what's happened at the institution," Evrard said. "Sometimes, for example in this case, you have some transition, and people that were not necessarily here in the period of time that this investigation encompasses. They would like to get somebody from the institution who was there the whole time. So I think they invited more people than they normally would have."

Sunday's hearing will start at 8:30 a.m. inside the Tremont Plaza Hotel in downtown Baltimore. The NCAA Committee on Infractions has set aside the entire day to hear KU's case, though the actual length of the hearing is unknown and unpredictable.

The KU officials all will plead their case to an eight-member panel of the Committee on Infractions. According to Evrard, two committee members have recused themselves from the hearing because of minor ties - such as a relative attending the school - to Kansas.

Sunday's hearing will not be followed with any immediate response from the committee. No official word from the NCAA, including any additional penalties, is expected to be released for several more weeks.

KU already self-imposed penalties for the violations it unearthed in an internal investigation last year.

Comments

Carter Patterson 13 years, 6 months ago

Karma...Karma...that sounds a little harsh.

My guess is that they will say KU has no institutional control, allow ESPN to provide bad press to hurt recruiting, and then they'll forgo any additional penalties.

JBurtin 13 years, 6 months ago

I see where you're coming from, but I seriously doubt anything that serious will happen. Maybe taking away a few more football scholies. A big reason that the NCAA comes down hard on programs is that often (even with a coaching change) the root of the problem is still there. Perkins has gone above and beyond the call of duty to fix the problems that were allowed to flourish under a different AD. In fact, the NCAA likely wouldn't have found out about any of these violations if Lew hadn't arranged for an impartial investigation in the first place.

The fact that our school has 1) paid to investigate itself, 2) reported itself, and 3) designed and implemented a system to fix the problems should count for something.

You have to take into account that the lack of institutional control label doesn't just apply to the football program. KU received a serious label like that because they had multiple small violations across many sports all adding up to a lack of institutional control. The appropriate course of action would not be to punish the football team with an excessive punishment to make up for the mistakes of all of the athletic programs. Sure the academic fraud label placed on the football team is serious (and worthy of a punishment involving recruiting restrictions), but a bowl ban is usually reserved for cases where a football program has shown a widespread disregard for the rules, not for an isolated incident.

All of that being said, I will admit I could be completely wrong. The Eric Butler situation has proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that the NCAA is the biggest bunch of Nazis since the third reich. Despite KU's obvious desire to play by the rules (no matter how nit picky they get), they NCAA might just prove to me once again how much of a "Lack of Institutional Control" they have over their own organization. When is enough rules going to be enough?

seattlehawk_78 13 years, 6 months ago

That all makes perfect sense to me but as you and many others have pointed out, we are dealing with the NCAA who tend to gravitate in the opposite direction from common sense and logic. What concerns me most is the lengthy time span in which the lack of institutional control took place. Even if different people were at the helm, someone has to be held accountable. As is often the case with NCAA sanctions, the people paying the price are often not the ones who committed the crime.

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