An Arizona Wildcats contingent featuring president Robert Shelton and men's basketball coach Sean Miller is in Indianapolis today to defend the program's self-punishment over recruiting violations.
The group will answer questions from the NCAA Committee on Infractions about the six allegations against the UA, including one that former coach Lute Olson helped former Goazcats.com publisher Jim Storey raise more than $197,000 toward amateur basketball tournaments.
In February, Arizona stripped itself of one scholarship for the 2011-12 season, placed itself on probation and limited recruiting for two seasons.
Arizona disbanded the Rebounders booster club and barred youth basketball events from campus, among other measures.
"We do feel like the penalties we self-imposed were appropriate and were strong," UA interim athletic director Kathleen "Rocky" LaRose said this week. "We're sure hopeful that shows how seriously we've taken it."
The NCAA typically takes about eight weeks to release its findings, which usually either approve or add to a school's self-imposed punishment.
Here's a breakdown of today's meeting:
A refresher: The NCAA's Notice of Allegations, mailed to Shelton on Oct. 30, makes six claims:
• Olson encouraged UA boosters and Rebounders club members to donate money to Storey's tournaments, and that money was used for food, lodging and housing for athletes.
• Olson had future assistant coaches Mike Dunlap and Russ Pennell attend the 2008 Cactus Classic.
• Former assistant Miles Simon initially refused an NCAA interview before eventually meeting with the organization.
• Olson lied when asked by UA compliance officer Bill Morgan if he wrote a letter asking for funds.
• Olson failed to monitor his program's compliance.
• Arizona didn't monitor the basketball program's involvement in the events.
The meeting: For up to eight hours, Committee on Infractions members will question UA representatives about the allegations and their response.
Before the case, the committee read the Notice of Allegations, the school's response and a case summary.
There are opening and closing statements, but most of the meeting features committee members quizzing participants.
"They want to make sure everyone in the room has a chance to answer as many questions as possible," said NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn.
The UA representatives: Shelton, Miller, Morgan and LaRose will be joined by former athletic director Jim Livengood, UA general counsel Bruce Skolnik and UA faculty athletics representative Jory Hancock. Associate commissioner Ron Barker will represent the Pac-10.
The Wildcats' outside counsel -Kansas-based Mike Glazier of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC - has represented universities in the nation's most high-profile NCAA hearings.
The committee: Seven of the 10 committee members - usually athletic directors, professors or faculty members - come from NCAA schools.
Three members, usually lawyers or former judges, come from the general public; two of those three vote, and the third is available in case of an appeal. The group meets six times a year at different locations.
What's next: The committee will likely deliberate in person this weekend, but could hold a conference call later, Osburn said.
It will ask what the violations were, what the appropriate penalties are, and whether the university meted those out appropriately.
Arizona is expected to learn the ruling by the second or third week of June.