So we find out this morning that the NCAA is charging the Memphis basketball program with "major recruiting violations during the 2007-2008 season. This from ESPN.com:
The Memphis men's basketball program has been charged by the NCAA with major violations during the 2007-08 season under former coach John Calipari. The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the story on Wednesday after obtaining a letter detailing the allegations through the Freedom of Information Act. The allegations include "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on the 2007-08 team. The wording of the letter to Memphis indicates that the player in question only competed during the 2007-08 season and the 2008 NCAA tournament. The player's name was redacted in the letter due to privacy laws. Sources told ESPN.com Wednesday night that Derrick Rose was the player in question. He played only one season for Memphis before being selected as the first pick in the 2008 draft by the Chicago Bulls. The letter also alleged that Memphis provided $2,260 in free travel to road games for an associate of a player. The NCAA is charging Memphis with a failure to monitor. If the NCAA allegations are proven true, Memphis might have to forfeit their NCAA-record 38 victories and Final Four appearance.
So, in the line of J-Red's post about "Things More Believable than the Redskins' Tampering Defense," I give you "Things Less Surprising than Memphis Being Charged with Major NCAA Violations." Feel free to add your own in the comments section:
1) Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire being implicated for having taken steroids.
2) The Washington Generals... err... Nationals... being 15 games out of first place by late May.
3) Lebron James whining about reffing in the NBA playoffs.
4) Chad Ochocinco (notice, only one word, as mandated by the NFL) planning a touchdown celebration for each week of the NFL season, only to need to use about 2 or 3 of them.
5) Mel Kiper using the word "upside" at the NFL Draft.
6) T.O. wearing out his welcome with another NFL team and then throwing players and coaches on that team under the bus.
7) Controversy is caused by the third-place team in the BCS Standings stating their case as to why the system is flawed, leading to weeks-long discussion about a college football playoff system until the NFL playoffs begin when nobody gives a shit about NCAA Football anymore aside from people in Oklahoma.
8) Michael Phelps taking first place in a swim meet.
9) (fill in Olympic sport) gaining rapid popularity for two weeks of wall-to-wall NBC coverage and the 20 devoted followers of that sport believe that the sport will take off all across the country, only to find that nobody really cares about the 2007 Pairs Ice Dancing Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
10) The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.