COI head who rendered Memphis decision gets blasted

Former Miami AD Paul Dee (AP photo)

In case you don’t remember, Paul Dee was the head of the Committee of Infractions when the NCAA ruled that Memphis under head coach John Calipari should vacate its record-breaking 38 victories in its 2007-08 season because a testing service invalidated Derrick Rose’s standardized test score.

“Strict Liability” was the reason given by the NCAA.

Turns out Dee was the athletic director at Miami when much of the Nevin Shapiro mess was going down, as reported by Yahoo Sports.

Calipari did put out a nefarious “strict liability” tweet not long after, but Long Beach State president F. King Alexander has not been so subtle. In 2008, Long Beach was placed on three years probation for self-reported violations. Alexander has not forgotten who was head of the COI at the time.

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

“Dee told us, ‘You have to put in place the kind of institutional control we have at Miami,”‘ Alexander related with irritation. “And one of the other members of the NCAA Infractions Committee in that hearing was from Nebraska. On that same day, six Nebraska athletes were arrested for illegally selling sporting apparel.”

“The hypocrisy of the NCAA makes me sick,” he said. “To allow institutions like Miami and Nebraska to chair and oversee its infractions committee is like putting foxes in charge of the henhouse.”

Kind of like a COI head demanding that UK not recognize Calipari’s vacated wins, when schools in that COI head’s very conference still recognize vacated victories.

(h/t ESPN’s college basketball blog)

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  1. Greg says:

    F. King Alexander is also the former president at Murray State.

  2. DonInFlorida says:

    {Blood Boiling}

  3. Todd says:

    John – Do you think that things are coming to a boiling point (either with the schools and/or fans/public) that could send the NCAA spiraling out of control and force real change? Or is this just another momentary surge of frustration that will likely whither and die without real change?

  4. John Clay says:

    I think we’re headed for change. The power conference knows this, which is why they are looking for reinforcements.

  5. JackB says:

    Arab spring – NCAA edition? Viva la revolucion! (Is it ok to use spanish while referencing Arab revolutions? I don’t know arabic.)

  6. Mark Liptak says:


    Nice story. I think that three or four of the last six COI heads have come from schools or conferences that have had issues with the NCAA on irregularities.

    Mr. Dee…Karma’s a bitch isn’t it?


    Mark Liptak

  7. Jim Braun says:

    The Emmert era has been a disaster for the NCAA. Likely not all his fault, but certainly he has done nothing to lead that institution in the proper direction since he arrived. Every employee and associate of that organization was at one time held in high esteem and above reproach. Now the committee chairs themselves appear to be at the forefront of incompetence.

  8. John Clay says:

    I would argue that Emmert is trying to facilitate change. It’s not going to happen overnight.

  9. kynut says:

    Emmert is as bad as Dee…….witness his hypocrisy in the Kanter case!


  10. DoctorJ says:

    As the NCAA itself is so fond of saying, it really consists of nothing more than representatives of its member institutions.

    I think John is right – when those institutions get angry enough at the hypocrisy and lousy decision-making by the NCAA, they will either vote for real change or leave the organization and form a new one. At present I think the latter is the better option, although I could live with the former is true reform is achieved.

  11. Dini says:

    Thank you for remarking on this.