NCAA hearing delayed for Arkansas track program

Updated: May 18, 2007, 9:09 AM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas has told the NCAA that it should not have to face an accusation it failed to monitor its track program.

Arkansas, which has won 42 national championships in track and field and cross-country, self-reported violations and imposed its own penalties last December. The NCAA in January added the failure to monitor charge -- a major violation -- based on actions involving sprinter Tyson Gay.

"We don't believe there was a failure to monitor," university associate general counsel Scott Varady said Thursday.

Coach John McDonnell has not been named in the case. But former assistant Lance Brauman aided Gay before Gay became eligible at Arkansas, the school said.

Brauman resigned from Arkansas last year after being convicted in Kansas of embezzlement, theft and mail fraud. Brauman was charged in a case that stemmed from his tenure at Barton County Community College in Kansas. He was sentenced to a year in prison. Brauman's mail-fraud indictment said the criminal charges involved Gay, who transferred from Barton County Community College to Arkansas.

Arkansas had reported to the NCAA that Brauman helped Gay with transportation, tutoring and housing in 2003, before Gay became academically eligible and in violation of NCAA rules.

Arkansas was to have a hearing before the NCAA Infractions Committee on June 8-9 in Portland, Ore. Arkansas requested a delay and is now to appear at the panel's meetings in either August or October.

"When we originally requested to be placed on the June agenda, we did not know nor did the enforcement staff realize we had a conflict because of the outdoor championship track meet," Varady said. "The dates of the hearing and the dates of meet overlap and Coach McDonnell can't be in two places at once."

Arkansas' self-imposed penalties include loss of three scholarships for 2007, 2008 and 2009, and the school also agreed to not recruit from junior colleges for those years.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com


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