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Johnson responds to NCAA notice

R.C. Johnson (File Photo) R.C. Johnson (File Photo)

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - University of Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson issued a written statement Thursday responding to an NCAA notice of allegations accusing the men's basketball program of major violations during the 2007-08 season under John Calipari.

"We obviously took the NCAA inquiry very seriously and have conducted a thorough investigation into the allegations," Johnson said in the statement. "We are currently preparing our final presentation to the NCAA Committee and will deliver those findings in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 6.

Allegations in the notice to the University of Memphis to the NCAA include "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on the 2007-08 team.

Click here to read the notice.

The player's name was redacted due to privacy laws. Memphis, which received the notice of allegations Jan. 16, is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions June 6.

If the allegations turn out to be true, the Tigers could forfeit a Final Four banner and 38 wins from the 2007-2008 season.

A press release from the Tiger Athletic Office said Johnson indicated the University will have no further statement on the matter until after the hearing process, including the receipt of the final decision from the NCAA.

Thursday, current Tiger basketball head coach Josh Pastner was on damage control, saying he found out about the allegations after he was hired.

"We've got to just make sure that we're on the phones and talking to as many people as possible to let them know that it doesn't affect anything with the current team or the future of the program," Pastner said.

By phone, Tiger booster Bob Byrd said the letter was unexpected and unfortunate.

"The Josh Pastner philosophy of doing things right each time every time couldn't be more appropriate than right now," Byrd said.

For his part, Pastner said he was still hard at work.

"Whatever's going to be dealt with, we just deal with it," he said. "We gotta be positive. We've gotta be upbeat."

Meanwhile Thursday, University of Kentucky president Lee Todd confirmed in a statement that the Lexington school had prior knowledge of the investigation.

Todd, who was attending Southeastern Conference meetings in Destin, Florida, said he remains confident Calipari is not a subject of the probe.

Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy said Thursday that Calipari had left the SEC meetings and had headed to Memphis.

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