I've had a chance to reflect on the penalties doled out to the University of Memphis basketball program.
A big part of the punishment came over Derrick Rose having someone take the SAT in his place.
I have a big problem with this whole situation.
Here is a simple question: Which Division I coach would keep Rose out of the lineup after the NCAA declared him eligible to play? There is an NCAA clearinghouse that determines player eligibility and they told Memphis that Rose could play.
I don't believe there is a coach in America who wouldn't play him after the clearinghouse declared him eligible.
Why shouldn't they play the No. 1 point guard when the governing body, on two occasions, declared him eligible.
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