Memphis asks NCAA for leniency

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Memphis will plead for
leniency from NCAA punishment of the men's basketball team Friday
before the Infractions Appeals Committee in Indianapolis.
Stacey Osburn, the NCAA's associate director for public and
media relations, confirmed Wednesday that the hearing will be
closed. She also said via e-mail that the NCAA will not comment
until the report is prepared and released four to six weeks after
the hearing.
Memphis is arguing the Committee on Infractions imposed
unprecedented penalties with improper reasoning in wiping out 38
wins from the 2007-08 season that ended with an overtime loss to
Kansas in the national title game.
University counsel Sheri Lipman said Memphis will not comment
before or after the hearing.

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