IARP to provide update on Memphis basketball's infractions case on Monday

Jason Munz
Memphis Commercial Appeal
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An update on the Memphis men's basketball program's pending infractions case will be provided Monday, Independent Accountability Resolution Process spokesperson Amy Hanna confirmed to The Commercial Appeal. 

Updated timelines for each of the six cases currently being reviewed by the IARP will be published on the group's website, Hanna said Tuesday. 

The Tigers' case, which centers on former preseason All-American James Wiseman, was the first to be accepted by the IARP's Infractions Referral Committee in March 2020. 

Wiseman, now with the Golden State Warriors, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA prior to Memphis’ 2019-20 season opener. The ruling stemmed from the $11,500 Memphis coach Penny Hardaway provided Wiseman’s mother, Donzaleigh Artis, to help the family relocate from Nashville in 2017. Hardaway, the coach at East High at the time, has been classified as a booster by the NCAA since 2008, when he donated $1 million to help fund the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame.

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All of which added up to what the NCAA has deemed a violation when Wiseman signed with Hardaway to play for Memphis in 2018. In response, the NCAA ruled Wiseman likely ineligible. But Wiseman played in three games before the Tigers ruled him ineligible. 

NC State, Kansas, LSU, Arizona and Louisville are the other programs with cases currently being adjudicated by the IARP. 

In an interview with The Commercial Appeal earlier this year, NCAA vice president of hearing operations Naima Stevenson Starks said the IARP's structure dictates that once all of the CCU's interviews are complete, "there will be a time frame by which they would have to issue their Notice of Allegations, and that would be provided to the Independent Resolution Panel." Once the Notice of Allegations is sent to the school as well as the IRP,  Memphis will be given time to respond. At that point, the IRP will review both the CCU's allegations and the school's response. That is followed by a hearing, the IRP's decision and, finally, the penalty phase. 

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