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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: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2009 12:34 pm
 

Does not matter anyway

Now that Calipari is gone, Memphis is irrelevant anyway!  They will go back to being nothing again.




Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 12:28 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Ahhh come on guys, we can't blame RC (LoL) he just got back to work in April after a 5 year hiatus. Calipari has been the AD for the past five years so there was actually two jobs UofM had to fill when Cal left. If Cal said jump, RC wanted to know where and how high, period. RC probably would've come clean when they got the letter in January but Cal insisted it be buried due to the recruiting class he had coming in, which also made it easier for him to pull them to Kentucky when he left. Pastner is going to take the program in a new direction and I believe everybody will have to answer for what he or she does in the future. Coach Paz has a ton of integrity and smarts and I don't see this kind of mess in the future.



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 10:35 am
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Memphis handled this the best possible way.  They kept it quiet to keep the media frenzy to a minimum which looking at it now was very smart.  Look at what they (media) have done with this in just a few days, imagine what all they would assume or accuse Memphis and it's players of if they had months?  All without really knowing the facts...just speculation.  Memphis had to keep this quiet so they could do their investigation without the media contaminating the crime scene.  We've all seen CSI and there's nothing worse than somebody coming in and taking a big dump on your crime scene.  Good job Memphis and good luck Saturday. 



Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 10:03 am
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Sorry, Tiger fans....but it appears your program has been dancing with the devil. Now, just who the devil is...that's the question. The former head coach, the current AD, top-shelf boosters???? To not tell your new coach during the hiring process is just wrong!



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 9:29 am
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

There is no excuse for RC not telling the truth.  Since he didn't, it makes him and us look worse now.




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2009 9:16 am
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

Just to add to bartman's post, for da pistol:  

If you were such a big Memphis fan you would know that Parrish is from Memphis, and used to cover the school as their beat writer. He had a good relationship with the players and Calipari (in fact, he wrote an article lauding Calipari's salesmanship).

One thing that gets me is all the Calipari defenders. The guy is shady, although nothing is proven. But circumstantial evidence has to count for something, and he bailed on UMASS right before the stench got out and denied, denied, denied, and now a very similar situation has arisen with Memphis, and he bailed right before the stench got out, took his blue chip recruits with him, left the program in shambles, and is denying, denying, denying. If he isn't a cheater, then he's a man of questionable character at best.

It's a good thing for UK fans that your program is essentially the pinnacle of college coaching, otherwise after some years of close-but-not-quite-there success with Coach Cal your program would be twisting in the wind as he bailed right before the stench got out and denied, denied, denied. I hope that doesn't happen, and there's no other college coaching job he'd want, I would think. But there's always the NBA, right Cal?



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2009 9:02 am
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

DaPistol you can not be serious Greg you should care more about Mr. Parrish being an undeniable loser who has a grudge against Memphis," Parrish has always been glowing about Memphis to the point of gushing on occasion.  He once posted a picture of Derrick Rose and Himself out to lunch Parrish's smile could not have been larger, his son's favorite player list once contained Joey Dorsey for crying out loud.

You sir have such a love affair with your school that you percieve anything other than gushing as a grudge.  I think there may be a twelve step program out there to help your condition.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 4:15 am
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

TigerGreg, What are you talking about have you actually read any of Halo's post here. All halo said was here is what the scum bad Johnson might have been thinking when he clearly with held information.

Greg you should care more about Mr. Parrish being an undeniable loser who has a grudge against Memphis, he is the Bill O'Rielly/Keith Olbermann of the CBS sports world simply put he is a sensationalist who only cares about the moment at hand.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2009 11:56 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

However, on the flip side, the one argument I can make is this. IF he does tell these candidates or Josh about these allegations, how hard does that make it to get a WOW coach. They couldnt get a WOW coach anyway. That would have made it impossible and he may not even have been able to get Josh. I am guessing thats why he didnt say anything. He needed a big hire and he wasnt gonna make it more difficult than he had to. So you're saying this part didn't matter?



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2009 11:24 pm
 

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

I have to absolutely disagree, halo.

When you're talking about million dollar contracts, you better be up front with the details.  RC has to go.



disagree with what???? I merely offered up what his thinking might be. I didnt say it was justified. I actually pointed out that there is no defense for not telling Josh.


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