The University of Memphis isn't backing down in its appeal of the NCAA order to vacate the 2007-08 men's basketball season, even though the Committee on Infraction's response has fans worried about even worse punishment.
Memphis argues in its 28-page rebuttal to the NCAA's response to the university's appeal that the Committee on Infractions puts the Tigers at risk of double jeopardy.
If the appeals committee decides to restore the vacated wins or cut the fine, the Committee on Infractions has asked that the case be remanded back to it to consider other punishment not handed out originally. That includes a possible ban from postseason play as well as possible scholarship cuts.
"Clearly, an appeal that resulted in harsher sanctions would effectively chill the willingness of NCAA member institutions to exercise their right to appeal decisions in infractions cases," according to Memphis' rebuttal.
Memphis filed the rebuttal Monday, and a hearing is expected to be scheduled in either late January or February.
The NCAA ordered Memphis to vacate the record 38-win season that ended with an overtime loss to Kansas in the national championship game on Aug. 20 after ruling a player believed to be NBA star Derrick Rose was ineligible. Memphis also was fined approximately $530,000 in tournament revenue.
Memphis noted that the Committee on Infractions argued the university admittedly "took a risk" in letting the student play when knowing of questions over his test scores.
But the university admitted Rose based on his SAT score, and he was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse twice and by a university probe in which the athlete insisted he took his own test. The university was not notified by the Educational Testing Service until May 5, 2008, that the score was canceled because Rose did not respond to requests for information about the test.
* Binghamton University is giving interim men's basketball coach Mark Macon a raise.
Acting athletic director James Norris says Macon, who starred at Temple from 1987-91, has been granted an increase to his $57,651 salary but declined to say the amount. Macon took over the team in mid-October when coach Kevin Broadus was placed on paid leave from his $230,000-a-year post after starting point guard Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben was arrested on drug charges and five teammates were dismissed for unspecified violations.
* Niagara's senior forward Bilal Benn is out indefinitely after having knee surgery. Benn, who transferred from Villanova in November of 2007, also played at Cherokee High in Marlton, N.J., and Cardinal Dougherty High.
In last night's games:
* At New York, freshman John Wall scored a season-high 25 points, including 12 of Kentucky's last 15 in the game, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats (9-0) beat No. 14 Connecticut, 64-61, in the SEC/Big East Invitational at Madison Square Garden. Jerome Dyson had 17 points for the Huskies (6-2).
* At Kansas, Cole Aldrich had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 1 Kansas (8-0) defeated Radford, 99-64. The win extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 47 games. Radford dropped to 4-3.
* At Purdue, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore each scored 19 points to help the No. 5 Boilermakers (8-0) beat Valparaiso, 86-62. Brandon Wood had 21 points for Valparaiso (3-6).
* At West Virginia, Kevin Jones scored 16 points to help lead the No. 6 Mountaineers (6-0) to a 68-39 win over Duquesne (6-3), which got 12 points from Damian Saunders.
* At Wisconsin-Green Bay, Bryquis Perine scored 22 points as the Phoenix (9-2) beat No. 20 Wisconsin 88-84 in overtime. Trevon Hughes scored a career-high 27 points for the Badgers (6-2).