Memphis Takes The Hit

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The NCAA has scheduled a news conference at 3 p.m. today in Indianapolis to release findings of its investigation into violations committed by the University of Memphis. The school has scheduled a presser to follow it.

The Commercial Appeal newspaper quoted a source close to the situation in reporting Memphis would be forced to vacate its record for the 2007-2008 season, which has a record 38 victories. John Calipari, who left Memphis for Kentucky, also had a Final Four vacated when he was the head coach at Massachusetts in 1996.

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And the Memphis program will owe big bucks:

The penalties for the men’s basketball violations, some of which were self-imposed by the institution and adopted by the committee, are as follows:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation (August 20, 2009, to August 19, 2012).
  • Vacation of all wins in which the men’s basketball student-athlete competed while ineligible during the 2007-08 regular season and 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • The university must return all money it received to date through Conference USA revenue sharing for its appearance in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. All future distributions to the university from this appearance must be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “Memphis Takes The Hit”

  1. I am so tired of hearing….oh, John didn’t do anything wrong though….excuse me? It happened on his watch. Love the new blue shirts that say…”We’re Back”. Next year or year after (if they keep those shirts ) all they have to add to We’re back is ……”on Probation” and voila a brand new Sunday go to meetin’ shirt.

  2. Given the recent controversy surrounding our basketball coach, I wouldn’t be throwing stones at another one. Glass houses and that..Calipari has never been incl;uded in the indictments. Innocent until proven guilty.

  3. Handlers, AAU Coaches, “friends of the program”…plenty of ways for the money to flow without getting a head coach involved. And Calipari knows how it works. Has figured out how to distance himself from it.

    The talent level he’s bringing into UK, until he tires of the job, will be impressive and, like it or not…the wins will pile up. And the money will flow in Lexington, like it did under Tubby and Billy G.

    You think Jeremy Rose could care less about what the NCAA decides to do with a school he’s long gone from? Any other of those kids wearing runner up rings? Are they going to tell their grandkids that they lost every game in 07-08? Of course not. They’ll do this 3 years easy and will have someone in place to roar them right back out of the gate against the seven dwarfs of C-USA when the punsihment is finished.

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