Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Things are going from bad to worse for Derrick Rose.
One day after the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Rosemay have had his SAT taken by someone else, his hometown Chicago Sun-Times now reports that Rose had his grades changed in high school.
The paper cites sources who say Rose and three other Chicago Simeon teammates had their grades changed for a one-month period after their June 2007 graduation. The grades were then changed back after the transcripts were mailed out to colleges.
“None of the grade changes were supported by any documentation,” Inspector General James Sullivan wrote in the 2008 annual report.
Rose led Memphis to the 2008 NCAA title game and was named NBA Rookie of the Year last month.
Memphis may have to forfeit its 2008 Final Four appearance, but it appears the current team will not be impacted.
“I’ve been told by our athletic director and other people in the administration that none of this will affect the current team or any future team,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner told CBSSports.com. “This is all about [the 2007-08 season].”
Yet the 2008 team could forfeit its 38 wins and Final Four appearance, marking the second time former coach John Calipari would have forfeited a Final Four.
Calipari, now at Kentucky, appears safe for the moment, but his track record is looking increasingly troublesome.
(Photo courtesy Chicago Sun-Times)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.