MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis 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, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
The allegations include “knowing fraudulence or misconduct” on an SAT exam by a player on that season’s team, which finished runner-up in the NCAA tournament, The Commercial Appeal reported on its Web site.
Lamar Chance, spokesman for the basketball program, declined comment Wednesday night when contacted by The Associated Press.
Because of privacy laws, the player’s name was redacted in the report, which was obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act.
Memphis, which received the notice on Jan. 16, is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on June 6.
Calipari, who left Memphis for Kentucky on March 31, is not named in the report, the newspaper said.
DeWayne Peevy, sports information director for Kentucky, said Calipari had no immediate comment.
The NCAA also alleged 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.
Calls by The Associated Press to Kentucky and former Memphis assistant coaches Orlando Antigua and John Robic were not immediately returned.