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Calipari's former team accused of major NCAA violations

The University of Memphis reportedly is responding to an NCAA notice of allegations accusing the men

Memphis coach John Calipari yells at officials during the first half of a men's NCAA college basketball tournament regional semifinal against Missouri in Glendale, Ariz., Thursday, March 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Memphis reportedly is
responding to an NCAA notice of allegations accusing the men's
basketball program of major violations during the 2007-08 season
under John Calipari.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the allegations include
"knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on
the 2007-08 team, which finished runner-up in the NCAA tourney.

Lamar Chance, spokesman for the basketball program, declined
comment Wednesday night when contacted by The Associated Press.

The player's name was redacted in the report, obtained by The
Commercial Appeal through the Freedom of Information Act, due to
privacy laws.

The player has subsequently denied the charge, according to
university personnel.

Memphis, which received the notice of allegations Jan. 16, is
scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions June
6.

Calipari, who left Memphis for Kentucky on March 31, is not
named in the report, The Commercial Appeal said on its Web site
Wednesday night.

It is also alleged that Memphis provided $2,260 in free travel
to road games for an associate of a player. Those names also were
redacted in the report due to privacy laws, the paper reported.
"We take it very seriously. We don't condone it," athletic
director R.C. Johnson told the paper.

He declined to comment in detail about the allegations. "We're
doing a thorough investigation."

Johnson said the university is still working on its response to
the NCAA notice of allegations.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal,
http://www.commercialappeal.com


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