His appearance will not take the form of a typical cross-examination, however. As explained by the paper:
during a pre-trial conference there was an exchange between [U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken and the NCAA’s lead attorney Glenn Pomerantz in which the ground rules for Emmert’s appearance were made clear.
Pomerantz said, “We would agree that even if I don’t question Dr. Emmert about a certain subject matter when he testifies in our case, that they are free to go beyond the subject matter because that’s their examination in the case.”
Wilken replied, “That goes without saying.”
Pomerantz added, “That’s fair game and we understand that. … Let us do our full direct (examination) during our case. Let him respond to whatever they might have done in their case.”
Emmert’s appearance on the stand will be one of the seminal moments in a case that is the strongest legal attack against the NCAA’s business model to date. The president of the NCAA will defend, under oath, amateurism and the organization’s ability to cap the compensation that collegiate athletes are allowed to receive at a scholarship.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.