University of Memphis charged with multiple Level I violations in NCAA investigation
The scope of the investigation of the independent liability resolution process in the University of Memphis Athletic Department appears to extend beyond just James Wiseman’s eligibility status, according to documents obtained by The Commercial Appeal. via an open case request.
Memphis faces at least four Level I and two Level II violations, according to an amended Notice of Allegations it received on July 9, 2021.
The Amended Notice of Allegations outlines seven separate violations in total. This includes violations of NCAA clauses related to lack of institutional control, head coach liability, and lack of oversight.
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He alleges that coach Penny Hardaway “failed to demonstrate that he fostered an atmosphere of conformity within the men’s basketball program.” Additionally, the Amended Notice of Allegations charges that data from a computer hard drive belonging to a former assistant coach was not retained. The university‘s response said the computer belonged to former assistant coach Mike Miller.
“A subsequent forensic examination revealed that the former assistant men’s basketball coach’s computer hard drive was formatted on June 5, 2020 and as a result the computer data was deleted” , indicates the amended Notice of Allegations. “The institution failed to conduct an adequate investigation into why the computer hard drive was not preserved.”
The university’s response also referenced accusations against its football program. The school argued in its response that the football program has not been accused of any violations.
“The University of Memphis is not authorized to comment due to the ongoing IARP process,” the university said in a statement released Saturday.
Many specific details and allegations included in the documents have been heavily redacted by the university.
The university – in its response to the IARP – flatly denied the allegations entirely or argued that the allegations did not merit the Level I designation.
“The facts do not demonstrate a lack of control, a lack of oversight, a lack of cooperation or a lack of accountability (redacted),” the university wrote in its response dated October 25, 2021. “Finally, the ANP does not contain any specific facts, and it is the specific facts that are imperative to the resolution of this case.”
This story will be updated.
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