Derrick Rose comments on Memphis controversy

Yesterday, former Memphis Tiger Derrick Rose spoke to the controversy that brought a negative buzz to an otherwise euphoric first few months for new head coach John Calipari at Kentucky. The accusation was that Rose did not take the ACT exam that helped him qualify to play at Memphis.

Yesterday, former Memphis Tiger Derrick Rose spoke to the controversy that brought a negative buzz to an otherwise euphoric first few months for new head coach John Calipari at Kentucky. The accusation was that Rose did not take the ACT exam that helped him qualify to play at Memphis.

Rose was in the Chicago area conducting a basketball camp and spoke to reporters and answered questions about the controversy. "That didn't bother me at all," Rose said to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I didn't do anything wrong, so it was up to Memphis what they had to do. Coach (Calipari) told me not to worry about it. I definitely wasn't worrying about it."

Rose indicated that he still speaks to Calipari but rarely mentions the topic, "That's the last thing we'd talk about," Rose said to the Sun-Times. "We'd probably talk about that for two or five minutes. Other than that, he'd always tell me how good some of his players (are), talk about the off season and talk about how my family's doing. The last thing we'd talk about is something negative."

"Coach told me, 'Don't worry about it.' I definitely wasn't worried about it," ESPN quoted Rose to have said, "I was still working out, so I just let it pass."

Memphis first learned of a rumor regarding the validity of Rose's score on the ACT in October 2007. The evidence suggesting that Rose did not take the entrance exam himself came from a forensic document examiner hired by the NCAA. She concluded that Rose "probably" did not write the cursive writing on the exam form is not sufficient evidence to conclude fraud, Memphis said.

Rose's comments were the first public statements he made about the incident since the controversy began.


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