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Rose Scandal To Cost Memphis Wins

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Aug 20, 2009 2:40PM

Reports indicate that on Thursday, the NCAA will strip the University of Memphis of its wins from the 2007-08 following an investigation into violations by the program. Those violations include accusations that Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had somebody else take his SAT exam and that family of the Chicago hoops phenom received other illegal benefits such as free travel.

The Tigers, lead by freshman Rose, won a record 38 games during the '07'-08 campaign and made it to the Championship Game of the Final Four. Rose declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft following the season, and was selected first overall by the Bulls. While the school will have their wins and Final Four appearance wiped from the NCAA record books, the Tigers' program will incur no current penalties such as the loss of scholarships since both Rose and head coach John Calipari are no longer with the program -- Calipari took the Kentucky job this off-season.

As quick a study in the NBA as in college, Rose took home Rookie of the Year honors this spring. But he's had a rough off-season. In addition to the Memphis scandal, he also drew heat for photos in which he's flashing gang signs.