IARP updates Memphis basketball's NCAA infractions case involving James Wiseman

Jason Munz
Memphis Commercial Appeal

The University of Memphis received an Notice of Allegations document  April 19 and an amended Notice of Allegations on July 9, according to a timeline of the NCAA infractions case involving James Wiseman. The timeline was provided Monday by the Independent Accountability Resolution Process. 

The IARP disclosed relatively vague details for each of the six cases under adjudication by the independent body created to handle complex NCAA infractions cases. The IARP did not provide documents or any details beyond basic procedural events. The IARP also did not provide an expected resolution date for Memphis' case, although it reports that the Complex Case Unit's investigation was completed Feb. 19. Louisville's case is the only other one being adjudicated by the IARP that has reached the end of the investigation phase. 

Memphis coach Penny Hardaway spent much of Monday participating in a Rebounders Club golf event at Mirimichi in Millington. 

"I haven't even seen anything, honestly, I've been out here," Hardaway told The Commercial Appeal. "(But) I don't even know if I can talk about it, to be honest with you. For us, we're just waiting to see what's going to happen." 

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Memphis' case was referred to the IARP on March 4, 2020. The school's decision to play Wiseman, its former star center, in the first three games of the 2019-20 season after he was ruled "likely ineligible" by the NCAA initiated the case. Wiseman received a temporary injunction from a Shelby County judge in hopes it would restore his eligibility.

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Wiseman withdrew the lawsuit fewer than two weeks later and was ordered by the NCAA to sit out 12 games due to his mother, Donzaleigh Artis, receiving $11,500 in moving expenses from Penny Hardaway during the coach's tenure at Memphis East High School. The NCAA deemed Hardaway, hired in March 2018 as Memphis Tigers basketball coach, to be a booster for his alma mater due to previous donations made to the university. 

Wiseman eventually withdrew from Memphis in December 2019 and was drafted No. 2 overall by the Golden State Warriors the following November. 

After receiving the amended Notice of Allegations in July, the NCAA vice president of hearing operations Derrick Crawford "submitted a letter concerning potential or actual conflicts of interest," according to the IARP's timeline. Four days later, the Independent Resolution Panel (IRP), a 15-member group that reviews findings of investigations conducted by the Complex Case Unit, held a meeting regarding compliance with operating procedures.

On Aug. 20, the chief panel member of the IRP provided a response regarding compliance with operating procedures to Memphis and Hardaway. On Aug. 27, Memphis submitted a request for reconsideration of the chief panel member's response regarding compliance with operating procedures. 

On Aug. 31, the Complex Case Unit – which conducts the investigation in IARP cases – submitted a response to Memphis' request for reconsideration. On Sept. 3, the IRP's chief panel member responded to Memphis' request for reconsideration. 

The IRP reviews evidence, makes a ruling and ultimately prescribes penalties. Rulings issued by the IRP are final and not subject to appeal. 

Commercial Appeal sports columnist Mark Giannotto contributed to this report.

Reach sports writer Jason Munz at jason.munz@commercialappeal.com or on Twitter @munzly.