Tuesday, Memphis released the findings of its internal investigation into the Derrick Rose SAT fiasco. The investigation conducted by the school was unable to find proof Rose (or any other player) cheated on the SAT.
But that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
The University of Memphis will discuss its findings Saturday with the NCAA infractions committee. If the NCAA isn’t satisfied, it could launch a long, expensive, and mysterious investigation into the Tiger hoops program.
The report said the school took all “reasonable” steps to determine the players academic status. The question is what exactly athletic directer R.C. Johnson defines as “reasonable.”
Since I haven’t seen the actual report, I’m not sure if issue of alleged transportation provided to an associate of Rose was addressed. This allegation seems almost impossible to dispute, since it is common knowledge Rose’s brother Reggie flew on the team charter on multiple occasions.
Memphis plans to contend it doesn’t deserve to face any penalty for allowing Rose to play as a freshman, primarily because the NCAA didn’t invalidate his test score until May 2008, well after the season had ended.
This certainly isn’t over. I would be shocked if the NCAA decides not to pursue the matter after hearing testimony from Memphis officials and former coach John Calipari Saturday.
Stay tuned for more updates on this story.