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NCAA meets with Memphis about allegations

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA met with Memphis officials on
Saturday to discuss major violations and the school must now wait
at least six weeks for a ruling on whether its 38 wins from the
2007-08 season will count.
The most serious allegation taken up at the meeting was whether
an unknown person took the SAT for a player.
The NCAA has said the athlete in question played for the Tigers
for only the 2007-08 season and the 2008 NCAA tournament. The only
person who fits the description in documents obtained by The
Associated Press is Derrick Rose, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft
after that season.
Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson had no comment as he left
the four-hour meeting. Memphis president Dr. Shirley Raines also
would not speak, but issued a statement.
"Although we cannot comment on the specifics of what occurred
during the hearing, I can say that as president, I reiterated the
university's commitment to NCAA rules compliance," Raines said.
"We believe we were able to fully answer the committee's questions
and present the actions we have already taken based upon our
internal investigations."
Memphis officials have said the school should keep the victories
from the 2007-08 season that ended in the national title game. An
NCAA spokeswoman said a ruling is expected between six and eight
weeks.
"We are hopeful that we will receive a favorable decision on
behalf of the university in this matter," Raines said. "We look
forward to having more to say after the committee has released its
decision."
A letter from the NCAA forced new Kentucky coach John Calipari
to participate in the hearing. The NCAA says Calipari, who coached
the Memphis Tigers during the season in question, isn't considered
"at risk" in the probe.
Calipari explained in one letter than he wouldn't be able to
attend because of a previously scheduled trip to China, but the
chairman of the NCAA's committee on infractions told him he needed
to participate anyway, either through phone or video conference.
Calipari responded on May 27 that he would join the hearing by
phone, but it wasn't clear on Saturday whether he had.
Memphis could face similar meetings with the NCAA in the future.
Another player, Robert Dozier, also has had questions surface about
his entrance exams.
Dozier's inconsistent SAT scores prevented him from being
admitted to the University of Georgia in 2004. His initial SAT
score was invalidated by the company that scores the exam, and his
follow-up score was dramatically lower, according to Georgia
records obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Dozier's four-year career at Memphis ended with the 2008-09
season.
Dozier's SAT problems were first reported by ESPN.com.
Johnson declined to comment Friday on Dozier when contacted by
The Associated Press, saying he was focused on preparations for
Saturday's hearing.
However, earlier Johnson told ESPN.com he was confident the
school had "done all the things we're supposed to do" regarding
Dozier.

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