That's what the AP is reporting via the Chicago Sun Times.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis will be forced to vacate the record 38
victories from its Final Four season of 2007-08, according to a report
by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The newspaper, citing a source close to the situation, said on its Web
site Wednesday night that the NCAA will on Thursday release findings of
its investigation into violations committed by the program.
Simply don't care.
Believe me, athletes have been insulated from far worse things than an SAT scandal which only exists because of a rule stopping Rose from going immediately to the NBA. Personally, I think it's quite obvious that Rose's college education was about learning how to play basketball from a high level coach.
That's what he intended to do for his career. He went to school to learn more about basketball (and because he was forced due to some rather unconstitutional NBA rules). His SAT scores are as relevant to me as a brain surgeon's FT%.
Yes, he may have cheated, but if we demanded that all brain surgeon's hit 70% of their FTs than I'd imagine a great number of them would go try and find a basketball player to shoot them for them if they could. The fact that he cheated on something irrelevant to his future to do something relevant for his future doesn't bother me much.
Ask the Bulls if they care what his SAT scores were when they drafted him.
It's unfortunate this whole thing exists simply because I feel the situation Rose was put in wasn't fair to begin with. That's part of the wacky line of morality that colleges need to figure out. They claim high ethics, but then do every sleezeball thing possible to land players, offering all kinds of illegal bribes to them, and make billions off of them. Then when the house of cards falls down, people point at the players instead of the schools.
Do you think Rose (if he cheated) figured out how to do so on his own? I think it's far more likely that this was all handled for him by someone trying to make a buck off of him. I never want to see a guy cheat, but I think the real problem here is the system.
Rose's issues aren't a positive for me, and I'm not going to say he's purely a victim or completely innocent. Still there's no reason he should be put in that situation which only exists to that the NCAA can sell a lie about the purity of it's game, and the NBA can get some free publicity for it's incoming athletes.