So did Coach Howland's Ben Ball warriors get cheated out of a shot at banner number 12?
The NCAA has formally accused the Memphis men's basketball program of major violations during the 2007-08 Final Four season under John Calipari.
In a letter -- which was first obtained by the Commercial Appeal and is dated Jan. 16, 2009 -- the NCAA alleges "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on the 2008 Final Four team. The player is not named in the report. But the letter states that the student-athlete "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."
The implication is that the player only competed in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
The lone Memphis player who only competed in that NCAA tournament -- as opposed to multiple NCAA tournaments -- is Derrick Rose, a one-and-done prospect who was the top pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and subsequent NBA Rookie of the Year for the Chicago Bulls. If the allegation is proven true, Memphis could be forced to forfeit its Final Four appearance, meaning both of Calipari's Final Fours -- 1996 at UMass and 2008 at Memphis -- would then be removed from the offical NCAA record book.
Memphis is also accused of providing $2,260 in free travel for an associate of a player.
No wonder every time our Ben Ball warriors took on the Memphis Tigers recent years there was something about their "student" athletes that seemed to be a little off (j/k). All on a sudden those Memphis wins (one in the Final-4 and one at the MSG) look just as legit as U$C*'s "Pac-10 tournament basketball championship."
Per the report, Calipari is "not named or directly implicated in the report." lol
Just think there were reports few weeks ago that Timmeh was looking to escape from U$C* to ... you guessed it ... Memphis.
Anyways, have fun Kentucky fans.
Oh and thank God for Ben Howland.