Hogs Plead Their Case To NCAA

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas has appeared
before the NCAA infractions committee to answer allegations levied
against its powerhouse track and field program and its former
assistant coach.
The school's associate general counsel says the half-day hearing
in Indianapolis on Saturday focused on Lance Brauman, who resigned
last year after he was convicted in a federal embezzlement case
that stemmed from his previous tenure at Barton County Community
College in Kansas. The case was part of a scandal that spawned
charges against seven Barton County coaches and the athletic
director, and led to the firing of the school's president. Brauman
was coaching at Arkansas when he was convicted.
The university's lawyer declined to discuss specifics of what
transpired at the hearing but says the university remains confident
the NCAA will view the school's self-imposed penalties as
Those self-imposed penalties include the loss of three
scholarships for 2007, 2008 and 2009. The school also agreed not to
recruit from junior colleges for those years.
A decision is expected in six to eight weeks.