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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 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 "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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Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2009 9:36 pm

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

I finally heard an apology from RC but it was empty to me. Johnson really believes he handled the situation correctly. My personal philosophy is " honesty is the best policy". Although R.C. Johnson did not outright lie, keeping these allegations secret give the appearance of guilt. Shades of Dana Kirk and that last no good athletic director. Cavanergo I think, but I try to forget. As to not letting the coaching candidates know the whole situation, we were lucky that none of the first option coaches did not take the job. What a fiasco that would have been. 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. Well I feel like there are several knives in my back and this die-hard tiger fan is on life support .

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2009 9:32 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.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2009 7:29 pm

Memphis candidates weren't told of NCAA troubles

I have tried to defend RC to a certain degree over some of the decision making but, if he didnt tell Josh then that simply cant be defended.

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.

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2009 7:14 pm
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