The University of Memphis announced that star freshman, James Wiseman, has been deemed ineligible and will be withheld from games, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Memphis announces that James Wiseman has been declared ineligible and will be withheld from competition while it awaits reinstatement from the NCAA. Wiseman can practice, but won't play in games.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 14, 2019
The NCAA notified Memphis that Wiseman was likely ineligible prior to the start of the season. But the university and head coach Penny Hardaway decided to play him anyway.
Wiseman and his legal team filed a suit against the NCAA, and a Shelby County judge granted Wiseman a temporary restraining order last Friday (November 8).
The ineligibility stems from money that Wiseman’s mother accepted from Hardaway in 2017, before he was the university head coach, to move the family from Nashville to Memphis.
Hardaway is listed as a booster by the NCAA because of a million dollar donation he made in 2008.
The moving expenses, $11,500 paid to Wiseman’s mother, would constitute an illegal benefit according to the NCAA bylaws.
Memphis and Wiseman will await reinstatement proceedings by the NCAA, and as such Wiseman has dropped his suit, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Wiseman’s legal team was adamant about the suit when they filed, but his reinstatement could not move forward while a suit was pending, according to ESPN’s Jay Bilas.
The NCAA told Memphis and James Wiseman’s attorneys that it could not reach a resolution with Memphis with a lawsuit pending. That is the reason for Wiseman taking a nonsuit in the action. The case can be re-filed if a resolution is not reached. https://t.co/ncNfNK92KB— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 14, 2019
As of now, Wiseman will practice and train with the team but will not play in any games.
The suit can always be refiled if the reinstatement proceedings don’t go favorably for Wiseman.
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