NCAA's violations could wipe out Memphis' season

Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson on Thursday defended the Tigers men's basketball program of any wrongdoings, but wouldn't confirm that Derrick Rose is the player at the center of alleged major NCAA violations.

"We wouldn't play anybody if we hadn't checked it out pretty thoroughly," Johnson told The Associated Press.

In a letter to the school, obtained by The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the NCAA says the athlete in question played for the Tigers in the 2007-08 season and the 2008 NCAA tournament. The only person who played just that season was Rose.

The NCAA says an unknown person took the SAT for the player, who then used that test to get into Memphis. The NCAA Clearinghouse vets players' test scores and academic standing.

Johnson would not identify the player involved for privacy reasons. However, he said the player is cooperating with Memphis' thorough investigation into allegations.

"Nobody has thrown up any road blocks. We're trying to get it resolved and do it the right way," Johnson said.

Rose was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA draft by Chicago. His agent, B.J. Armstrong, did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

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