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Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Posted on: June 4, 2009 6:24 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2009 6:27 pm
 

One of the stranger subplots of the NCAA allegations facing Memphis is how athletic director R.C. Johnson and first-year coach Josh Pastner continue to deliver different answers when asked about who knew what when. Pastner has said many times that he didn't learn that the program he inherited in April from John Calipari had been charged with major violations until last week, right before The Commercial Appeal received a copy of the allegations in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. But Johnson has rejected that notion and stated publicly that Pastner knew about the allegations, although Johnson offers little in the way of details.

So who's telling the truth?

Who knows?

But it's worth noting that all the evidence seems to back Pastner, because CBSSports.com has learned that Johnson did not disclose that his men's basketball program had been charged with major violations with any of the candidates he seriously considered before settling on Pastner. According to multiple sources, Baylor coach Scott Drew, Missouri coach Mike Anderson, Southern California coach Tim Floyd and Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton -- all of whom were pursued by Memphis to varying degrees -- were unaware that Memphis had been accused of major violations until the news broke last week, this despite the fact that the NCAA charged Memphis more than two months before the school went looking for Calipari's replacement, more than two months before each man entertained the idea of leaving their jobs for a program that is spending this offseason enduring one negative headline after another.

"It's unbelievable," one source told CBSSports.com. "How could they pursue so many different candidates and not be up front about where the program was at or what the program was facing? It seems to me that they should've been up front and let [the serious candidates know] that [they] might be inheriting some NCAA problems if [they] changed jobs. But [the Memphis officials] didn't do that. They never even hinted at it."

Memphis is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Saturday.
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Comments

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2009 8:26 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Wasn't talking to anyone in the chat...was talking to whoever Parrish says is complaining about being mislead.

You even paying attention, dude?



Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2009 1:06 am
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

It's funny but this may be good for the Tigers.  Think about how much press we're getting right now.  I believe the punishment will be minimal.  And because of how Calipari left and this whole fiasco the media will constantly be checking on the Tigers throughout the season next year.  With the added intrigue of next years Memphis program, Coach Pastner has a chance to really sell the program and keep the Tigers nationally relevant.  Think about it, our recruiting class isn't going to be too shabby this season and we've already started out on the right foot for the 2010 recruiting class.  Things are definitely looking bright for the future of the Tiger program.  Everyone knows it and that's why everyone is taking their shots at us now.  We just need to weather the storm.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 6:36 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

PHOO...Was somebody whining???  This looks mostly just like chat conversation to me.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 4:40 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

aRandyTIGER wrote:  I have heard rumors Calipari convinced R.C. to keep the allegations secret in order to land the top recruits, but instead stabbed him in the back.
That's fine and dandy while Calipari is still your coach (although the recruits might disagree slightly), but it's not like Johnson had to keep his promise to Calipari after he had left and gone to UK.  Anything after Calipari left is on Johnson.  I don't see how he can argue otherwise.

Someone can try to talk around it until they're blue in the face, but the bottom line is it sounds bad.  How can you hire someone to lead your basketball program without informing them the NCAA has already sent a letter alleging infractions involving the program?



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2009 4:07 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Maybe they disclosed, maybe they didn't.

Here's the bottom line:

Anyone who follows John Calipari at any program in the country, and doesn't conduct their own investigation into the potential problems they might inherit is just being foolish.

Most intelligent people are going to know that the chances that he did something illegal, unethical or inappropriate while there are great.

Stop the whining and move on.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2009 1:27 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

The game you speak of will be wiped from the record books.  It is a shame that a clean Bruin program was robbed of a National Title by the cheating Tigers.I don't know what the best way to have handled this situation would have been.  Put yourself in R.C.'s shoes.  He didn't lie, he just left out some important details.  If he tells Pastner the whole story, Pastner may say, "thanks, but no thanks".  In that case you guys end up hiring some nobody with no big time recruting, coaching, high school experience.  Then what??? The same allegations unfold to everyone else and you have possible sanctions looming AND a nobody coach.  Taking R.C.'s chosen path, everything is the same EXCEPT you have a good young coach that will probably stay.  NO matter what people say, once Pastner made that commitment and started working, his connection to the University became that much stronger.  It would have been much easier for him to say "No" then with the facts in front of him than it would be for him to resign now with the same facts in front of him.

SO--- I can't believe I am going to do this, but I stand here in defense of quite possibly the worst AD known to college sports - R.C. Johnson.



Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2009 1:17 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

The game you speak of will be wiped from the record books.  It is a shame that a clean Bruin program was robbed of a National Title by the cheating Tigers.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2009 1:15 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Memphis is not a "WOW" job, that's why RC couldn't hire a wow coach.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 12:53 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

There is no excuse for R.C. not to tell Pastner about the allegations before he accepted the job.  None!

I can understand not telling folks outside the program until you think they might accept the job, but you cannot justify hiring anyone without telling them the full truth about the situation they are about to inherit.  Just another example of R.C.'s lack of good judgment.




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 12:50 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Wow, Cigar, you're really showing your ignorance with that post.  I'm surprised it even rated a 19.

You're wrong on both counts.  Memphis will remain nationally relevant (Pastner has already signed one 5 star recruit, and i predict his first true recruiting class in 2010 will be a top 20 class). 

Memphis has a great tradition of basketball.  As a UCLA fan you should remember the 1973 finals, but you should also know that the Tigers have fielded Elite Eight caliber teams in each of the last four decades including 3 final fours.

Maybe you're just upset about the final four last year when the Tigers kicked UCLoveA's a$$.

Check out my avi...Ouch!


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