NCAA to hear Southern’s case Wednesday

Southern will make its closing argument to the NCAA on Wednesday morning.

All of the Jaguars athletic teams have been banned from NCAA postseason competition since December because the university provided a significant amount of unusable data in reporting student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates to the NCAA.

After months of updating the data and revamping its system for compiling and reporting APR information, Southern officials will have a hearing before the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance on Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Athletic Director William Broussard, Chancellor James Llorens and six others will represent Southern as it ties a bow on its case to have the ban lifted.

A ruling is expected in the next week or so, Broussard said.

The NCAA said its APR penalty structure no longer includes scholarship reductions but does allow for sanctions such as “coaching suspensions, practice restrictions and competition reductions.”

Two NCAA representatives visited the Southern campus in April to evaluate changes the university has made to its record-keeping and submission to avoid future shortcomings.

Wednesday’s hearing will involve a discussion of the data issues at Southern and how the school will move forward with accurate and timely data submission in the future, according to the NCAA.

Broussard said the committee will discuss more than 400 pages of documentation.

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