The attached article and the ones that follow have more information on John Calipari, Derrick Rose, and the issues surrounding the alleged violations at the University of Memphis.
The player involved in the alleged SAT fraud seems to be Derrick Rose. That much was assumed to be the case in the information I had yesterday. What's new to me is that the guy who flew on the team plane and stayed in the team hotel was allegedly Reggie Rose, Derrick Rose's brother.
If Reggie Rose did not qualify for college, would he have looked for a school that might help out his little brother? A school that might arrange for everything to be taken care of? Make sure Little Pooh had a high enough score to play for one year... Not too much help, mind you, but just enough.
If the older Rose was in charge of Derrick's recruiting, how much was his own self-interest involved in the process? "Hey, man, if Derrick signs with us, you'll be in the mix, too. Go to all the games. Stay in the team hotel. We can work all that out. You won't get that kind of personal attention with the straight-laced guys over at Illinois."
Is there any wonder now why the decision to go to Memphis instead of Illinois was a "family decision?"
Note: I'm not saying that any violation occurred. But the allegations and charges flying here and there are very serious, and the optics of the situation raise a lot of questions.
What will be the impact of the investigation on Calipari, and Calipari's new school, the University of Kentucky?