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Friday / September 21.
  • Memphis Says It Should Keep Wins; Henry Staying at KU; Wall, Cousins Will Qualify

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    Keeping up with the developments at Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis has become a full-time job…Here are today’s developments:

    **Memphis says it should keep its wins from Derrick Rose’s year on campus and not forfeit its Final Four appearance.

    “Certainly, the University of Memphis should not suffer a financial penalty or vacation of records for the 2008 NCAA tournament as a result of this allegation,” according to a report detailing the school’s investigation into NCAA allegations.

    This news comes a day after Andy Katz reported that John Calipari and the Memphis staff knew about the Rose/SAT scandal in 2008, a month after Memphis lost to Kansas in the national championship game.

    Sheri Lipman, Memphis’ legal counsel, told Katz, “for the student-athlete, whoever that was, the first indication that we got was in early May [2008] that his score was being invalidated.”

    If the initial allegations regarding Rose are found to be true, Memphis could vacate its 38-win season and Final Four appearance. Calipari would then have two Final Fours at two schools vacated.

    Memphis will appear before the NCAA committee on infractions Saturday. Calipari, the Tigers’ coach when the infractions allegedly occurred, is expected to call or video in to the meeting from China, where he is conducting a clinic.

    **Carl Henry told Jayhawkslant.com that his son, Xavier, will honor his commitment to Kansas and that he has no idea who Moses DuPre is. DuPre started an Internet rumor that Henry was unhappy with his role at KU.

    “Nothing has changed,” Carl Henry said, according to KUsports.com.

    Apparently someone opened a Twitter account in Xavier’s name during the recruiting process and started posting some false info.

    On a side note, to all the folks emailing me and posting comments saying it was irresponsible of me to post this rumor yesterday, wake up and smell the coffee. What was irresponsible was posting this rumor initially. Once it’s out there, the mainstream media needed to report it out and investigate. Shay Wildeboor at Jayhawkslant did a great job of getting Carl on the phone and doing just that.

    **Over at Kentucky, rumors are flying that Wildcat recruits John Wall,  DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe may not qualify academically, but sources close to Wall and Cousins say they will. I have yet to speak with anyone in Bledsoe’s camp.

    “He’s gonna be fine, he’s gonna be qualified,” a source with knowledge said of Wall. “As far as everything that we see all his academics are in order. Summer school starts next week and we expect all those guys to be up there.”

    Otis Hughley, Cousins’ high school coach, also said he believes Cousins will qualify.

    “There’s nothing to speculate about DeMarcus Cousins,” Hughley said Monday. “From the 4th grade on up, he’s never had any issues. As far as his academics, you can’t dispute that. You can check his grades from top to bottom, they’re as solid as solid gets.”

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    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.