The decision was announced on Monday by interim Mayor Myron Lowery.
For its part, the university knew of the cheating allegations against Rose as early as October of 2007 and was informed that Rose's test score was cancelled in May of 2008. The university got an official notice of an NCAA inquiry in September of 2008 and a notice of allegations in January of 2009. But university officials did not make any of this public until months later when the 2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament was over and John Calipari had announced his move to Kentucky.
The NCAA Infractions Committee report released yesterday contradicts Rose's recent claims that he cooperated with investigators. And while university officials did, as they said Thursday, "cooperate fully with the investigation," the report indicates that they also kept the Rose investigation secret for a year.
"I am extremely disappointed in the NCAA ruling, and yes, we are going to appeal," University of Memphis Athletic Director R. C. Johnson said at a press conference Thursday.
Meanwhile, the NCAA Final Four and 2008 runner-up banners will continue hanging in FedEx Forum. And if the appeal fails, the 38 wins will be erased and "the banners will come down but the memories will never leave."
I'm not at all sure that John Elkington himself knows that. What I do know is that in a rant of a telephone message to me last week he said, "We're not the managers of Beale Street, we're the owners of Beale Street, we have a long-term lease." We being him and Peforma Entertainment Real Estate. It being Beale Street. Which is news to me and some other people in city government and at Beale Street Development Corporation.
I'm no fan of the Riverfront Development Corporation, but I think just about anything would be an improvement to the current neglect of the cobblestones, and it's long overdue.
A few observations about Tuesday night's presentation by the RDC, Corps of Engineers, and Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The interim mayor is overweight. Not only that, he's short and overweight. Not only that, his predecessor, Willie Herenton, is tall and slim, and his main rival in the October special mayoral election, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, is almost fanatically fit and can do his age in pushups.
Asked how much he weighs at in interview Thursday in his new office, Lowery didn't flinch but he didn't offer full disclosure either.
Today's troubling trend: Throwing problems into the courts that ought to be resolved by leadership, compromise, debate, common sense, and a vote in a public meeting by elected officials.
The latest for-instance is the hearing Wednesday afternoon in Chancery Court over Myron Lowery's authority to replace Elbert Jefferson as city attorney.
They're former colleagues, but on Tuesday they were chippy, suspicious, abrupt, overly courteous, uncompromising, and not quite sure what to call Myron Lowery.
The interim mayor for another two and a half months, Lowery patiently answered questions in a committee session, in a full-council session, and a couple of impromptu press conferences. At the end of the day, his choice for chief administrative officer, Jack Sammons, was approved by the council. But his choice for city attorney, Veronica Coleman Davis, was put on hold for two weeks, during which time she will be a deputy city attorney.