Several outlets are reporting that the 2008 University of Memphis Tigers basketball team will be forced by the NCAA to forfeit their 2008 Final Four appearance and record 38 victories. The infractions center around former Tiger, and current Chicago Bulls star, Derrick Rose.
Memphis received a notice of allegations from the NCAA in January alleging major violations during the 2007-08 season under former coach John Calipari. The most serious allegation was that former Tiger point guard Derrick Rose had a stand-in take the SAT for him, thus making him retroactively ineligible. Memphis also was cited for failure to monitor its charter airplane, as investigators found $2,260 in unpaid travel expenses by Rose’s brother, Reggie Rose.
The head coach of the Tigers at that time was John Calipari, who has since packed his carpets and moved to the Kentucky Wildcats.
The vacated Final Four appearance will be the second of Calipari’s coaching career. His UMass team was applied the same penalty by the NCAA for its 1996 Final Four.Â He is the only college coach in basketball history to have two Final Four’s removed from the record books.
It will also be the second time a Final Four appearance has been vacated by the Memphis basketball program.Â The 1985 team, under Dana Kirk, had to also vacate their appearance for payments that were made to two players on the team.
Now can StubHub reimburse the money I spent on those NCAA Championship tickets? I mean the game never happened right?