Should the NCAA reduce the penalty for Memphis Tigers 2008 season?

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In case you missed it, Mark Emmert and the NCAA have gone back and reduced Penn State’s penalty in the Jerry Sandusky case. They are restoring some of the Nittany Lions scholarships and may revisit the postseason ban. Now that this is official, what other penalties should the NCAA look at reducing?

Jeff Eisenberg on Yahoo! has come up with four penalties the NCAA should look at and it seems that other people think the NCAA’s treatment of Memphis (and John Calipari) were a little harsh in retrospect.

 

2. Memphis’ vacated 2008 Final Four

Issue: Memphis point guard Derrick Rose’s SAT test was ruled invalid in May 2008 as a result of questions about whether he actually took the test himself or not.

Penalty: Memphis’s trip to the 2008 national championship game was wiped from the record books and its 38-2 record was expunged because the NCAA ruled the school played an ineligible player.

Why it was too harsh: This penalty always seemed like one the NCAA handed down because it suspected Memphis of cheating under John Calipari but could only catch the Tigers with an ill-conceived technicality. Questions arose about the validity of an SAT test taken by Rose in May 2007, so the SAT security testing agency launched an investigation. When Rose did not cooperate with the investigation after he had already decided to turn pro, the agency canceled the test result in May 2008. As a result, the NCAA seized the opportunity to retroactively declare Rose ineligible for the previous season and hold Memphis responsible. The NCAA did all this even though it had cleared Rose to play before the season and it had no proof he cheated on the SAT or that Memphis knew about it.

 

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Seems that some columnists are not that enamored by Trey Lyle’s decision to announce he was down to Kentucky and Louisville. Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier Journal thinks that wherever Lyles goes, he will be a drama major. Get it?

 

On the left side of the picture was an image of Lyles wearing a UK jersey with Rupp Arena in the background. On the right side was an image of Lyles wearing a U of L jersey with the KFC Yum! Center in the background.

He also changed his Twitter avatar to a picture of himself wearing a half-U of L, half-UK basketball jersey. Goodness, by this point I was just glad he hadn’t live-streamed a news conference about a future news conference.

The whole charade seemed a bit much. It seemed that some adult somewhere should’ve said, “OK, Trey, let’s just take it easy until you’ve made up your mind.”

But Lyles, who might not pick a school until the spring, is apparently set on turning the next few months into a Cats vs. Cards saga. Maybe it’ll be fun, but the drama strikes me as unnecessary.

 

Oct. 14, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari speaks to fans during big blue madness at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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Chalk up yet another visitor for Big Blue Madness. 2016′s Joshua Langford will be making an unofficial visit to Rupp Arena for the event.

 

Langford is considered the No. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2016 according to ESPN’s rankings, which were updated Tuesday. The 6-foot-5 recruit plays for Madison Academy in Huntsville, Ala.

He recently told Future 150 that he already holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Providence, Tennessee, UAB, and Vanderbilt. Several other top schools have expressed interest.

Four players from the Class of 2014 have booked official visits for Big Blue Madness: Trey Lyles, James Blackmon Jr., Stanley Johnson and Kelly Oubre.

 

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