Derrick Rose To Blame For The Memphis Fiasco?
Does Derrick Rose Deserve The Blame for the Memphis Fiasco?
6/1/09 in NCAABB
Just moments after the Memphis Commercial Appeal broke the news that the NCAA would conduct a hearing regarding possible major violations by Memphis' basketball program, John Calipari was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by the court of public opinion.
Now that the dust is beginning to settle and people are starting to examine the known facts in the allegations, some are coming to the conclusion that former Memphis guard, Derrick Rose could be largely to blame for the most severe charges made against the program. Rose has remained silent throughout the whole ordeal, hiding behind his lawyer and declining comment. Those are not usually the actions taken by someone who has been falsely accused, or someone who cares about the future of his former college team.
The NCAA hearing will be held in Indianapolis, IN on June 6, 2009. John Calipari, who will be in China at that time, will be present via telephone for the meeting. What is most hopeful for Memphis fans, is that the NCAA has not officially found the University of Memphis guilty of misconduct yet, and the possibility still remains for a light sentence to be handed down by the NCAA if they aren't deemed responsible for the alleged actions of the former star.
Regardless of whether or not Memphis or their staff knowingly participated in defrauding the NCAA, if Derrick Rose is declared ineligible to play during the 2007-2008 season, Memphis will most likely be forced to vacate all 38 wins and 5 NCAA tournament wins (national runners-up). There is still no word on whether or not Derrick Rose is required to appear at the June 6 hearing.