No Suspension for Penny Hardaway or Post-Season Ban for Memphis Tigers

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The University of Memphis Tigers men’s basketball program should feel relieved that their consequences are a $5,000 fine and three years of probation after allegations of violating multiple NCAA rules were investigated.

The Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) concluded there will be no suspension or termination for Head Coach Penny Hardaway and the Tigers will also not have any bans on post-season play.

The IARP investigation goes back 18 months ago when Hardaway was allegedly involved in multiple violations.


The University of Memphis was also in several violations of not monitoring Hardaway’s actions and financial activities within the community and possible contributions he may have made to high school and AAU players and to their families as a recruitment tactic.

One of the specific allegations includes NBA center James Wiseman, who played only 3 games for the Tigers in the 2019-2020 season. Hardaway allegedly gave $11,500 to Wiseman and his family while he was in high school so they could move to Memphis.

In addition to the punishment, the three games he did play under Hardaway as a Tiger will be vacated.

Memphis is not able to appeal the ruling under the IARP rules.

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