Derrick Rose is at the center of the NCAA investigation into the University of Memphis’ basketball program, because of an allegation that his SAT score was fraudulent. But the Chicago Sun-Times also is reporting that Rose had a “D” grade from high school temporarily changed. The newspaper says Rose — the NBA’s rookie of the year after the Bulls made him the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft — was one of four athletes from Simeon High in Chicago who benefited from a changed grade in June 2007.
The Sun-Times says the grade change — from a “D” to a “C” — was kept in place just long enough to be reflected on transcripts sent to colleges. Rose didn’t return calls from the Sun-Times but his attorney, Daniel Reidy, told the AP that Rose cooperated fully with an investigation of the SAT allegations while at Memphis. “That investigation uncovered no wrongdoing on his part,” the attorney said.
The Sun-Times said two other Simeon players who had their grades changed also were members of the Rose-led basketball team won won state championships in 2006 and 2007. One, Kevin Johnson, left Wisconsin-Milwaukee during his freshman year and is currently serving jail time for armed robbery and aggravated resisting arrest, the newspaper said. Chicago Public Schools Inspector General James Sullivan said, “It’s still a mystery who did this . . . At least seven people at Simeon had the ability to access student grades and records.” –USA Today
If you are going to change a grade, make it an A man. -TO