Posted on: September 8, 2009 4:20 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2009 4:22 pm

Joe Jackson likes to F with people

While Pierre Henderson-Niles is losing weight , it's a (likely) future Memphis Tiger who is dominating the discussion among fans and creating quite a stir in the world of recruiting.

His name is Joe Jackson.

He'll be a McDonald's All-American.

And though he's always been guarded with his verbal comments about his college situation, he's been using Facebook for the past week to drop hints about his upcoming decision. The whole thing reached new heights late Monday, when Jackson posted a photoshopped picture of himself in a Memphis jersey, then started trading posts with Will Barton, a fellow consensus Top 20 national recruit who is already committed to Memphis.

The bottom line is this: Jackson is technically still considering Memphis, Kansas and Tennessee, but there isn't a person at Kansas or Tennessee who believes Kansas and Tennessee are in the mix. In other words -- like I've written many times -- Joe Jackson will be a Memphis Tiger. Anything that happens between now and the time he makes that is official is just him messing with fanbases and having a good time with the process, which is kind of hilarious.

Imagine what it must be like for a 17-year-old to excite or enrage thousands of adults with a single status update.

Sounds fun, doesn't it?

But everybody has always known how this movie would end.

Joe Jackson will play for Josh Pastner.

And for what it's worth, I'm hearing a traditional commitment will come soon.

My source said it'll be Friday ... unless Jackson decides he wants to keep having this fun a little while longer.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 21, 2009 5:49 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2009 5:50 pm

NCAA clears Williams to play at Memphis this year

The NCAA has granted a waiver that will allow Elliot Williams to play for Memphis this season.

"We are appreciative to the NCAA in granting this waiver request for Elliot," said Memphis coach Josh Pastner. "We understand this is bittersweet, but Elliot is excited to play for his hometown school. The city of Memphis has fully embraced Elliot and his family, and they are so grateful for the support they have received."

A Memphis native, Williams chose to enroll at Duke out of high school over Tennessee, Memphis and Virginia. He played for the Blue Devils last season. But the former McDonald's All-American opted to transfer closer to home this summer to be near his mother, who is battling cancer, and there was little doubt at the time that the NCAA would waive the penalty that typically forces Division I transfers to sit out one year.

In other words, Friday's announcement comes as no surprise.

But it's still considered a dose of good news for a program that needed some.

A day earlier, the NCAA announced it is forcing Memphis to vacate its 2008 Final Four.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 20, 2009 5:14 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2009 5:15 pm

Calipari issues response to NCAA's decision

John Calipari has issued a response to the NCAA's decision to make Memphis vacate its 2008 Final Four.

It reads:

"I’m very disappointed and disheartened by the NCAA’s findings. I fully support the University of Memphis’ appeal and until that process is carried through to its completion, I will have no further comments on the matter. I am anxious to coach the team at the University of Kentucky beginning this Fall."
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 20, 2009 4:33 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2009 4:34 pm

Raines: Memphis will appeal NCAA's decision

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis president Dr. Shirley Raines said the school will appeal the NCAA's decision to vacate the Tigers' 38 wins from the 2007-08 season that included a trip to the Final Four.

"While we respect the NCAA process, we disagree [with the decision]," Raines said at an afternoon press conference.

Memphis has 15 days to file its notice of appeal.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Memphis
Posted on: August 20, 2009 4:02 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2009 4:42 pm

Wonder why Rose's test score came from Detroit?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- As expected, Memphis will ...
  • Vacate all 38 wins from the 2007-08 season and its Final Four appearance.
  • Face three years probation.
  • Endure a public censure.
One of the interesting bits of information released today is that the SAT in question that the NCAA believes Derrick Rose did not actually take was taken by somebody in Detroit only a month before Rose enrolled at Memphis. Rose had already taken the SAT three times and failed to get a qualifying score each time. So suddenly this Chicago native went to Detroit to take the test one final time, and would it be too cynical to mention that the famed William Wesley -- AKA "Worldwide Wes" -- just so happens to live in Detroit?

That's probably just a coincidence, right?
Posted on: August 20, 2009 2:42 am
Edited on: August 20, 2009 2:53 am

CDR chimes in

Former Memphis star Chris Douglas-Roberts has addressed the news that his 2008 Final Four will be vacated.

Naturally, he did so on Twitter.

They took our Final 4 but they can't take the memories. Can't take away that lefty d..nah I'm playing. K Love is my guy!

That "lefty d" is the left-handed dunk Douglas-Roberts put on UCLA's Kevin Love in the national semifinals.

Officially, it no longer exists.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:07 am

Memphis will vacate 2008 Final Four

The NCAA Committee on Infractions is forcing Memphis to vacate its appearance in the 2008 Final Four, sources familiar with the case told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

The NCAA's report will be released Thursday.

Memphis appeared before the Committee of Infractions in June and faced allegations of major infractions -- among them that Derrick Rose used a fraudulent SAT score to gain freshman eligibility, and that his brother, Reggie Rose, traveled on team charters and stayed in team hotels at no expense. With the Final Four now officially wiped from the record books, John Calipari becomes the first coach in history to vacate Final Fours at two different schools.

Calipari's 1996 Final Four at UMass has also been vacated.

He's now the head coach at Kentucky.

Attempts to reach new Memphis coach Josh Pastner were not immediately successful.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 21, 2009 1:56 pm

Memphis loses recruit

Memphis signee Latavious Williams has decided to bypass college and pursue a professional career overseas, according to a statement released Tuesday morning.

"It was a difficult decision," Williams said in the statement. "But after consulting with a number of people, and taking my family situation into consideration, playing overseas is the best move for me."

Rivals.com ranked Williams as the 17th-best prospect in the Class of 2010, and he was the first elite recruit Memphis landed after John Calipari's departure. Still, whether the 6-foot-8 forward would ever actually play for the Tigers has long been in question because of questionable academics. And though the Memphis staff was optimistic, most industry sources familiar with Williams' transcript were highly skeptical he'd ever be cleared.

Either way, it doesn't matter now.
Category: NCAAB
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