An 18-month investigation by the NCAA and the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) alleges that Memphis committed multiple NCAA violations under head coach Penny Hardaway.
Initially, the NCAA investigated Memphis over the eligibility of James Wiseman, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. The NCAA determined Wiseman was ineligible after finding that in 2017 Hardaway, while coaching at East High School in Memphis, paid Donzaleigh Artis, Wiseman’s mother, $11,500. Wiseman then played in Memphis for Hardaway, but only saw three games of action before the NCAA case was given to the IARP in 2020.
According to documents obtained by the Memphis Trade Appeal, Hardaway and the school face at least four NCAA Level I and two Level II violations.