The 2008 Memphis Tigers were only 2.1 seconds away from claiming the NCAA Basketball title. That was long enough for Mario Chalmers of Kansas to hit an unforgettable three-pointer and take the National Championship game into overtime. It's time thank him for his heroics.
The NCAA has a surprise for Memphis basketball fans.
New allegations have arisen regarding a Memphis player having a fraudulent SAT score. The player in question was said to be the unquestioned leader, and No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, Derrick Rose.
John Calipari, now the coach at Kentucky has some questions to answer.
How can such a star player's score become invalid a year later? It seems to me that Calipari had to have known something. He knew this player could lead his team, but his academics were weak. Calipari, as usual, didn't see Rose as a risk. Rather, he seen him as an investment—one that almost brought Memphis a championship.
Rose's test scores were probably questioned beginning in his first class at Memphis. There is no doubt that when Simeon High School in Chicago saw one of their alumni playing, they went looking at Rose's scores. I can't imagine that a superstar like Rose could easily get by with simply writing his SAT score down on an application.
The Memphis University school system should be answering questions, not asking them.
The university has been adamant that the email noting the fraudulent scores was received in May. I find that highly suspect, but almost impossible to prove. The University needs to open up to what is actually going on.
Many media outlets are asking for information regarding their "investigation" into the NCAA allegations. Memphis is not helping any newspapers with any information so requests are now starting with the courts.
The person who needs to be spoken to immediately is Derrick Rose. If Rose is truly the student who pulled this stunt, he needs to step up and take responsibility.
College students who commit violations do not normally have to answer for their actions. We all remember the Florida State football team and the numerous players suspended for their Music City Bowl game.
Rose is no longer an amateur athlete. He is a professional and he needs to speak up regarding anything 'funny' going around at Memphis. As a person who follows college basketball throughout Tennessee, don't expect Memphis to say anything.
They have been continually trying to better their school's perception based upon athletics. The teams and fans are continually looking to their "move" to the Big East. Once there, they'll get the respect "they deserve."
The last person who needs to be talking is NBA Commissioner David Stern. The reason we have players such as Rose, DeMar DeRozan, and Tyreke Evans is because of Stern.
Stern's rules forbid any player to enter the NBA until their graduating class was one year removed from High School. Because of this, players such as Brandon Jennings are having to go to Europe to become professionals. The NBA thought it was helping their league and the NCAA.
Players who play one season of NCAA basketball just to turn pro have ruined college basketball.
Expect more stories like this to come if the NBA doesn't figure this out. If guys want to be pro players, let them. Its not the like the NBA isn't milking former high school stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard already.