These are questions on D. Quillen's 1978 paper *Homotopy properties of the poset of nontrivial p-subgroups of a group*.

Let $G$ be a finite group, $p$ a prime number, $\mathcal S(G)$ the poset of non-trivial $p$-subgroups of $G$, and $\mathcal A (G)$ the poset of non-trivial elementary Abelian $p$-subgroups of $G$, both ordered by inclusion.

Question One: Is $\mathcal S(G)$ homotopic or weakly homotopic to $\mathcal A (G)$? (Whichever is true is a theorem of Quillen.) If the latter, can someone give a specific example showing that the two posets are not homotopic?

Quillen also proved that for $G$ solvable, $\mathcal A (G)$ is contractible if and only if $G$ has a non-trivial normal $p$-subgroup.

**Conjecture (Quillen):** $\mathcal A (G)$ is contractible if and only if $G$ has a non-trivial normal $p$-subgroup.

Question Two: Is this still open (I know it was a few years ago)? What are lines of attack on this problem? Have attempts to prove it led to any

a prioriunrelated work?