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Before long, he may be the only one to have both of those appearances vacated from the NCAA record books.
On June 6, the University of Memphis will appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in connection with allegations of three major rules violations under Calipari, including the charge that one player — Derrick Rose? — didn’t take his own SAT.
Calipari is not personally implicated in any of the allegations. Of course he’s not. He wasn’t implicated in the UMass fiasco, either.
He just happened to be in charge when the bad stuff happened at UMass. He just happened to be in charge when the bad stuff may have happened at Memphis. The man is to NCAA investigations as Joey Dorsey was to bar fights. He’s just unlucky, darn it!
At least the NCAA requested that Calipari appear at the hearing. Wonder if he’ll be tweeting about that to the Kentucky fans?
Taking a private plane to Indianapolis, guys!
We’ll be back here for the Final Four in April!
Hope that one stands up!
What happened in Memphis stays in Memphis! LOL!
The notice of allegations — that’s the official term for it — charges Memphis with six different major infractions, three of which involve Jenny Bruun, the former coach of the women’s golf team.
The other three are about hoops. It’s honestly not as bad as it could be. Two of the charges involve the associate of a player who traveled with the team — getting free hotels and airfare — who should have paid his own way. By all accounts, the person did reimburse the university for other trips he made. So this may amount to no more than a simple accounting and monitoring error.
Which brings us to the final allegation, allegation No. 5 in the document, which says a student-athlete committed “knowing fraudulence or misconduct in connection with his entrance examination. Specifically, on (date redacted) an unknown individual completed (name redacted)’s SAT, with (name redacted)’s knowledge, which was used to obtain his admission into the institution” for the 2007-08 season and so on and so forth.
The good news: There’s no allegation that the Memphis coaches knew anything about this bit of fraudulence. Common sense says they did, but common sense isn’t enough to convict someone.
The bad news: If the allegation is found to be true and the player is ruled ineligible, Memphis could be asked to forfeit its 38 wins and its Final Four appearance.
So much for Robert Dozier, Antonio Anderson and Chance McGrady as the all-time winningest players in college history, eh?
Look at the bright side: At least Memphis won’t have to forfeit a championship!
But it is evidence of the price that comes with someone like Calipari, isn’t it? And with a one-and-done college mercenary like Derrick Rose.
Again, the name of the player in question is redacted from the notice of allegations. But the document says the player “competed for the men’s basketball team through the 2007-08 season, which included his participation in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.”
There’s no mention of any other season. Just 2007-08. There’s no mention of any other year’s tournament, either. What player competed for Memphis for just the 2007-08 season and tournament?
Think Calipari didn’t know about his star player’s SAT plans?
Of course he knew. They all know. It is part of the seamy world of college basketball.
You can’t risk the future of a big-time star on something like a standardized test. So you get someone to take the test for the kid. The shocker would be if someone like Rose actually took the test himself. The additional shocker — in this case — is that someone has apparently come forward with evidence suggesting Rose didn’t.
There’s no telling whether the NCAA will be able to prove the SAT allegations. Some close to the case seem to think the evidence is pretty flimsy. Either way, it doesn’t appear the basketball program will be hit with significant penalties into the future.
So this case is about the past. This case is about Calipari.
The man can get a program to the Final Four, can’t he? At least, temporarily.