Memphis basketball: Penny Hardaway, Tigers facing multiple Level I violations from NCAA

Penny Hardaway, Memphis

Penny Hardaway and the Memphis men’s basketball program are facing several Level I violations.

Penny Hardaway and the Memphis men’s basketball program are facing four Level I violations and two Level II violations, according to a report Saturday by the Commercial Appeal.

The notice of allegations was originally received by the university on July 9, 2021.

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The charges appear to extend beyond the issues stemming from James Wiseman‘s eligibility status during the 2019-20 season, in which the five-star freshman was ruled ineligible and appeared in just three games before turning pro.

Seven total violations were reported in the NCAA’s amended notice of allegations, which occurred between May 2019 and February 2021. The document says the head coach “failed to demonstrate that he promoted an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s basketball program” and that Hardaway had a failure of institutional control.

The amended notice of allegations also includes details on former assistant coach Mike Miller, who did not preserve data stored on a computer hard drive. Miller served as one of Hardaway’s top recruiters starting in 2018 before resigning in June of 2020.

“The Institution failed to conduct an adequate investigation into why the computer’s hard drive was not preserved,” the report read.

Memphis is 85-43 in four years under Hardaway, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament last week after a victory over Boise State. The Tigers lost to Gonzaga 82-78 in the second round to end their season. It was Memphis’ first March Madness appearance and win since 2014.