Jury selection begins Friday for the trial of Michigan State University Trustee Mitch Lyons.
Lyons, rejected a plead deal with the Jackson County Prosecutor's office in March.
Lyons is facing charges in an incident that happened in Jackson on December 18th.
He is accused of assaulting a referee during a basketball tournament where he was coaching.
Lyons has called the situation a misunderstanding and says he is innocent.