Fickell Not Sure What To Expect From NCAA Hearing

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A contingent of Ohio State officials, including athletic director Gene Smith, university president Gordon Gee and football coach Luke Fickell, will travel to Indianapolis on Friday for a hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The hearing is expected to last several hours and is the last stop before the NCAA renders a ruling on what punishment the university will face for a tattoo and memorabilia scandal involving several football players.

While meeting with the media on Thursday, Fickell said he was not sure what to expect, or what he may be asked.

"I don't want to talk a whole lot about it.  I would imagine it's more of a how do you move forward," Fickell said.

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The first year Ohio State coach said he was more concerned about returning to Columbus afterward and getting back to practice.

"Happiness will be getting back here tomorrow because I'm excited about practice in full pads," he said.  "That's probably to me the most important thing.  I haven't thought a whole lot about it.  Again, where my focus is, is here on these guys and on that football field and what we need to do to get prepared."

The Ohio State representatives are expected to face heavy questioning from the committee about the scandal, which led to the resignation of Jim Tressel.

Tressel and his attorney will attend the hearing voluntarily. Both will likely face questions as well. 

Also expected to attend Friday's hearing was Doug Archie, the university's director of NCAA compliance; senior vice president and general counsel Christopher Culley; general counsel Julie Vannatta; and faculty athletic representative John Bruno.
The NCAA committee is expected to take six to eight weeks before announcing a decision.

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