The University of Memphis was found guilty today of major violations in the men’s basketball and women’s golf programs by the NCAA Infractions Committee, resulting primarily in the forfeiture of 38 wins from the 2007-08 basketball season and revenue associated with the Tigers’ run to the 2008 NCAA championship game. The Memphis athletic department will also be placed on a three-year probationary period.
The Tigers’ basketball program was spared further penalties going forward.
The most explosive revelation in the report involves Derrick Rose, the former Tigers point guard who allegedly was admitted to Memphis on a fraudulent SAT exam and retroactively ruled ineligible by the NCAA. According to the report, Rose took the SAT on May 5, 2007 – just more than a month before enrolling in classes at Memphis – in Detroit, not in his hometown of Chicago. Rose had previously failed the ACT test three times, all of which were taken in Chicago.
The report states that the infractions committee “did not need to make a determination as to whether (Rose) engaged in unethical conduct” because the subsequent cancellation of his test score by the Educational Testing Service was a “strict liability” situation.
Memphis was also cited for a failure to monitor its charter airplane service when Rose’s brother, Reggie Rose, was not charged for more than $2,000 worth of travel expenses.
The penalties for Memphis include a reduction of five scholarships for the women’s golf program, whose former coach was found guilty of providing extra benefits to players.
The report states that Memphis must return its 2008 Final Four trophy to the NCAA and that all school records must reflect the forfeiture of wins, meaning that former coach John Calipari is no longer the winningest coach in school history and the record is returned to Larry Finch.
Memphis’ probation means that the school will have to implement a “comprehensive educational program on NCAA legislation” and submit annual compliance reports with “particular emphasis on the monitoring of official paid visits, team travel and the academic eligibility of student-athletes.”