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John Calipari, Memphis Tigers' Ex-Coach, Bringing a Legacy to UK?

By Javier Lavagnino, Esq. on May 28, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The NCAA is saying that an "unknown person" took the SAT for a 2007-2008 Memphis men's basketball player, who just might have been current NBA rookie of the year, the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose. If the ol' SAT switch turns out to have happened, it could wipe out the entire season's worth of wins including the Tigers' trip to the Final Four, reports the AP.

Memphis's AD, R.C. Johnson, is saying the school had no part in any of the alleged misdeeds, "We wouldn't play anybody if we hadn't checked it out pretty thoroughly". He also wouldn't identify the player at issue for "privacy reasons", but did indicate that he was cooperating with the school's investigation. As for Derrick Rose, no comment has been forthcoming from his camp as of yet.

The alleged violations, if shown to be true, would have occurred under former Memphis Tigers head coach John Calipari's watch. Considering he just happens to have gotten a new gig at the University of Kentucky in April of this year, there's already plenty of grumbling out there about the alleged mess Calipari is leaving behind (again?) as he slides into new job at UK, and just what Kentucky has in store for it in the future.

However, the AP noted UK's president Lee Todd said the school knew about the potential problems during the interview process with Calipari.

"'We are confident that Coach Calipari was not involved in any way,' Todd said. 'He was very open with us about what he was aware of at that particular time, and since this is an issue between the University of Memphis and the NCAA and not a UK issue, we will not be commenting further on anything related to this situation.'"

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