- Jun 10, 2004
[h1]NCAA alleges major violations in Memphis basketball program under Calipari[/h1]
By Dan Wolken (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Originally published 07:14 p.m., May 27, 2009
Updated 07:14 p.m., May 27, 2009
The University of Memphis is in the process of responding to an NCAA notice of allegations charging the men's basketball program with major violations during the 2007-08 season under John Calipari.
The allegations include "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on the 2007-08 team.
The wording of the report seems to indicate the player in question only competed during the 2007-08 season and specifically the 2008 NCAA tournament. The player's name was redacted in the report, obtained by The Commercial Appeal through the Freedom of Information Act, due to privacy laws.
The player has subsequently denied the charge, according to university personnel.
The only player on the roster who competed only during that season was Derrick Rose, who subsequently was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft last June.
If proven to be true, the Tigers could be forced to forfeit their NCAA-record 38 victories and Final Four appearance.
The report does not include allegations of lack of institutional control, meaning Memphis would likely avoid serious penalties that would have an impact on the program going forward. The report includes no allegations that would have occurred during the tenure of Josh Pastner, either as an assistant or head coach.
Memphis, which received the notice of allegations Jan. 16, is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions June 6.
Calipari, who left Memphis for Kentucky on March 31, is not named in the report, but the NCAA has requested his presence at the hearing.
It is also alleged that Memphis provided $2,260 in free travel to road games for an associate of a player. The NCAA is charging Memphis with a failure to monitor in that instance. Those names also were redacted in the report due to privacy laws.
"We take it very seriously. We don't condone it," said athletic director R.C. Johnson, who declined to comment in detail about the allegations. "We're doing a thorough investigation."
Johnson said the university of "still working" on its response to the NCAA notice of allegations.