I’m sure you have all heard but James Wiseman the projected #1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, top freshman in the country, and Memphis Tiger was ruled ineligible by the NCAA this past week. To first put things in perspective being deemed ineligible by the NCAA doesn’t really mean anything, it’s a simple suggestion by the hypocrites that run the NCAA that the player should be disciplined. Ultimately the final call comes down to the universities president. Normally the university bends its knee and complies but rightfully so Memphis has stood its ground and is allowing Wiseman to play. The only thing the NCAA does right is run a corrupt organization that doesn’t pay its employees, beautiful business model! It’s really good at running a pyramid scheme where each lower level of the pyramid does all the work and sales but all the money feeds up to the top. These are smart people, let’s not get that wrong, and they know this and they know they created this pay for play, win at all costs mentality that has ruined major college sports for so many. In fact not only do they force the win at all costs “wink wink” mentality but they then try and persecute those for taking part in this scheme. This is not even one of those cases but this is still the NCAA going after a big name, a famous couch, and a hyped up team to put forth this façade that they are protecting the “integrity” of the game. It’s a complete sham; the James Wiseman news reminds me of The Minority Report which starred Tom Cruise. They are effectively going back in time to punish someone for something they had absolutely no idea was going to happen. There was no pre-meditated game plan by Penny Hardaway he was simply doing what was right and helping a family in need. If you don’t know the back story Penny gave the Wiseman family $11,500 before his junior year of high school to help them move to a school that was closer to Wiseman’s sister. At the time Penny was coaching a high school team, Memphis East. Fast Forward 2 years and Penny is coaching at Memphis and Wiseman decides to enroll there for the upcoming year. Penny had no idea how this would transpire and wasn’t even fielding college level coaching calls at the time of Wiseman’s move. As a side note don’t major college programs hire AAU coaches all the time hoping that one of their players will commit to that school? Is that not similar? To me that is more pre-meditate than anything that happened here. You are punishing a player, coach, and team for something they had no idea would happen, none. The NCAA is trying to make an example, a splash, in the media to make themselves look better. Newsflash, it isn’t going to happen. Memphis rightfully so seems to be standing firm, in fact Penny and Wiseman got a judge to put an immediate temporary restraining order on the NCAA for these actions and Wiseman’s lawyer issued the following
Their finding is arbitrary and capricious based on the law and the way the bylaws are written,” Randy Fishman, one of Wiseman’s attorneys, told The Athletic. “Nobody would’ve dreamed Penny would be the coach in 2019. He helped somebody out when he wasn’t the coach, not knowing he’d be the coach.
This case is far from over and Yes Memphis is risking the NCAA coming after them later this year and potentially punishing them but for now they are standing their ground and doing what’s right. I hope Memphis proves in the court of law that the NCAA pretending to play policeman is not just and that this will lead to Memphis, Wiseman, and Penny not only being cleared but lead to reform in the rules and definition of who a “booster” really is.