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NCAA to decide KU’s fate today

Media conference at 4 p.m.

October 12, 2006

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The NCAA Division One Committee on Infractions will announce its decision regarding Kansas University this afternoon.

Gene Marsh, member and former chair of the committee and a professor of law at Alabama University, will conduct a media conference at 4 p.m. EST, or 3 p.m. Lawrence time

KU will hold its own media conference at 4:30 p.m. in Hadl Auditorium to respond to the NCAA's determinations on the infractions case.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway, athletic director Lew Perkins and outside counsel Rick Evrard will be at the session.

KU officials - including Bill Self, Mark Mangino, Bonnie Henrickson, Lew Perkins and Rick Evrard - made their case to the NCAA committee in August, during a session in Baltimore. Kansas and the committee discussed in great detail 11 violations committed within the athletic department taking only occasional five-minute breaks along with an hour off for lunch. Evrard - the university's legal counsel - did most of the talking behind the closed doors, though generally the committee does ask specific questions to specific coaches, the reason Self, Mangino and Henrickson were asked to attend.

Also attending for KU were associate athletic directors Jim Marchiony, Paul Buskirk and Theresa Becker, and faculty representative Don Green. Former football graduate assistant John Papuchis, who's accused of being heavily involved in multiple violations, attended but was excused after his accusations were discussed early on.

Papuchis, under Mangino's watch, apparently was the unnamed G.A. listed in the report as allegedly committing academic fraud. The football coaching staff also was charged with impermissible assistance for helping junior-college recruits become eligible before they were officially KU students.

Of the 11 violations, five were for football, three for men's basketball and one for women's basketball. The 10th was the bundling of 26 secondary violations, and No. 11 was a blanket violation alleging lack of institutional control.

Kansas self-imposed penalties for the violations it found - pretty much the same ones the NCAA found in its subsequent investigation - with hopes that those will be considered enough in the eyes of the committee.

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