East High stripped of Penny Hardaway-era championship
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - East High School is facing sanctions over Penny Hardaway’s recruitment of James Wiseman.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) deems that Wiseman was competing without eligibility as a student-athlete.
The sanctions date back to the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, which includes a 2018 state championship.
Due to the sanctions, the team was given these punishments:
- All awards and trophies earned in the TSSAA post-season tournament series during those years must be returned. All contests where Wiseman participated are forfeited.
- All money earned in the TSSAA post-season tournament series during those years must be returned.
- Repayment must be made of TSSAA post-season tournament distributions for District, regional, sectional, and state tournaments during those years.
- A total monetary sanction of $14,807.56 must be paid.
Memphis-Shelby County Schools says it is reviewing the TSSAA’s decision.
“Unfortunately, the morale of current student-athletes may be impacted by the alleged violations that happened years ago, long before many of today’s student-athletes enrolled in the school,” MSCS said in a statement.
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