Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memphis Charged With Major Violations During Calipari/Rose Season

The NCAA has charged the Memphis basketball program with major violations. It stems from some SAT scores of a player who only played at Memphis for the 2007-2008 season. The speculation is that it was Derrick Rose.

That could mean that Memphis' 2007-2008 season will be thrown out. Those 38 victories? Gone. The Final Four appearance? History.

That would mean that John Calipari would have TWO Final Four appearances vacated. Remember that UMass' 1996 Final Four was taken away after it was discovered that Marcus Camby got a few nice gifts while he was there.

Remember that Calipari broke out from UMass after that season and became the head coach of the New Jersey Nets. Something like him breaking out of Memphis for Kentucky last month. Word is that Calipari informed Kentucky about all this stuff and, I guess, the university was cool with it.

Aside from the 2007-2008 season being tossed, there doesn't seem to be any more penalties being levied. So while Kentucky fans can rest a bit that Calipari won't get in too much trouble, be worried if he starts itching to leave. Maybe there's an investigation going on.

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