MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATE 11/27/2019 – The NCAA membership committee has upheld the decision to suspend Tigers star James Wiseman for 12 games.
University of Memphis Athletics released the followingstatement:
“This morning, the NCAA’s Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement upheld the conditions of reinstatement for men’s basketball student-athlete James Wiseman, who will be eligible to return to competition Jan. 12. Although disappointing, we look forward to a promising season.”
More from The Associated Press: NCAA denies Memphis’ appeal of Wiseman suspension
11/26/2019 – James Wiseman, a 7’1” star player on the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, is preparing for his appeal to the NCAA. Local 24 News is told the appeal hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
The NCAA suspended Wisemen, for 12 games because his mother accepted $11,500 from penny hardaway in 2017. Hardaway had donated $1 million to the U of M years before, which made him a booster in the eyes of the NCAA. Penny’s gift to James’ mom was therefore declared an ineligible benefit even though Hardaway was not the coach of the Tigers at that time.
Wiseman and Tiger fans are hopeful his suspension will be reduced. If not, Wiseman will be eligible to play again Jan. 12, 2020.