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NCAA accuses Memphis of violations under Calipari

Posted on: May 27, 2009 8:50 pm
Edited on: May 28, 2009 7:00 pm
 

The NCAA has accused the Memphis basketball program of major violations during the 2007-08 Final Four season under John Calipari.

In a letter first obtained by The Commercial Appeal and dated Jan. 16, 2009, the NCAA alleges "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on the 2008 Final Four team. The player is not named in the report. But the letter states that the student-athlete "competed for the men's basketball team through the 2007-08 season, which included his participation in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship."

The lone Memphis player who only competed in the 2008 NCAA tournament -- as opposed to multiple NCAA tournaments -- is Derrick Rose, a one-and-done prospect who was the top pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and subsequent NBA Rookie of the Year for the Chicago Bulls. If the allegation is proven true, Memphis could be forced to forfeit its Final Four appearance, meaning both of Calipari's Final Fours -- 1996 at UMass and 2008 at Memphis -- would then be removed from the offical NCAA record book.

Memphis is also accused of providing $2,260 in free travel for an associate of a player.

Calipari is not named or directly implicated in the report.

He now coaches at Kentucky.

CBSSports.com's initial attempt to reach Calipari by cell phone Wednesday was unsuccessful.


Category: NCAAB
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crazypolish
Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:01 pm
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crazypolish
Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 10:59 pm
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Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 11:03 pm
 

NCAA accuses Memphis of violations under Calipari

My question is... Wilt greed be the cause of the untimely demise of Calipari, as a college coach?

During his time at Memphis he developed a reputation of being able to get the best players to come play for him, on the outskirts of college ball. But it seems that might not have been good enough! With the allegation under investigation by the NCAA, did Paper Clip change a D into a C-Note, or in this case a pass on the SAT-on-it, too far? Or did someone do it on his behalf - again? (I'm SURE - well almost sure - that it will not be tied to the Teflon John of College Basketball). So, used to playing fast and loose with the NCAA rules, did he finally break them? Just had to get that top rated player?!!!...but hey, it will be an assistant coach, or an administrator that will take the blame for this one, or maybe they'll tie it to WWW (Not in this lifetime)....but Teflon J. will have slid out of town in the nick of time... again. Who here is surprised?

Now, he moves to UK, where the microscope will be turned on by the NCAA due to the University's past transgressions, and the reeking trail that Teflon has slid along from UMass, to UMem...Will it now be UK's turn???

At UMass and Memphis, Cal was on the fringes of major college basketball. Now he is at one of the schools at the heart of the game, with its own checkered past, to be sure. In his zest to show his worth to his new bosses, he best beware that there isn't as much wiggle room in prime time, and now that he's near the very top, no safe harbor to run to in the college game, except down a very slippery, begrimed slope (Currently holding a reservation for one previous UK coach, initials of BG. Will Teflon slide down beside him?). UK fans may find they have traded an at-least moderately talented coach (He had to be, right, or they wouldn't have hired him in the first place, right?) for a better coach, but with different and potentially much more expensive baggage.

UK fans should be immediately concerned, as at least two of Teflon's current recruits have not yet qualified to play college ball...The exact infraction that the NCAA is investigating at Teflon's former school - tampering with qualifying requirements.

When you get into bed with a slippery eel, you best beware that you'll probably get an unpleasant shock, or maybe you'll get lucky and he'll just go prematurely and give you nothing but a big let-down!

This may become very entertaining for some outside of UK fandom (Though I admit that I will see it as a Titanic-sized Tragedy, if it does go bad. It will be a very big blow to college basketball as it would be following on the heels of the IU debacle, which hasn't been totally cleaned up yet), and may become another embarrassing chapter in the annals of UK college basketball. Or hey...it's just possible that Teflon won't use any fragrant grease at UK, (You know with his teflon coating he really doesn't need it anyway, right?) and everything will be just fine. Repeat after me... 'There's no place like home'....oh wait, Teflon's in the house, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Sweet dreams Big Blue Nation. Have a bourbon and keep telling yourself. Everything will be fine. Really, it will...

For the sake of college basketball, I hope that we don't find that it is once again true, that those who do not study history (And even more importantly, learn from it) are doomed to repeat it's mistakes!


crazypolish
Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 10:35 pm
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Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 10:03 pm
 

NCAA accuses Memphis of violations under Calipari

It's all been suspician and speculation to this point, now we're seeing a formal accusation by the NCAA.

I think the UK brass would be wise to watch Cal VERY closely if they don't want to end up in the same position.



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 9:58 pm
 

NCAA accuses Memphis of violations under Calipari

The speculation has always been there, now there's a formal accusation from the NCAA.

The UK brass would be wise to watch him VERY closely, I think.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2009 9:38 pm
 

NCAA accuses Memphis of violations under Calipari

Tip of the iceberg, I bet.


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