The Commercial Appeal is reporting that the University of Memphis men's basketball program is under investigation for major violations associated with the recruitment of a player. According to the NCAA, the unnamed player cheated on his SAT and his entourage was provided cash throughout the 2007-8 season. The player in question is believed to be Derrick Rose.
Does this really surprise anyone? After Calipari left for the NBA, UMASS was hit with NCAA sanctions. Why would Memphis be any different? If found to be true, the Final Four appearance will be wiped away and the record for most wins for a senior class (Anderson and Dozier) will be gone as well. Scholarship reductions and possible post season bans are well within the realm of penalties.
Lately, the NCAA has allowed sanctions to follow the coach as well has the institution. If this should be the case, Kentucky will be under the close watch of the NCAA during Calipari's tenure. And lets not forget that Kentucky has had problems with the NCAA in the past. For the record, at this time, Calipari is not named in the allegations.
On a brighter note, Memphis Italian Festival kicks off Thursday in East Memphis. Always a good time, this somewhat family oriented festival includes great Italian food, bocce and live music from several acts including Starship.
Ladies and gentlemen, Starship.