East High stripped of Penny Hardaway-era championship

Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway reacts during the first half of an an NCAA college basketball...
Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway reacts during the first half of an an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)(Thomas Graning | AP)
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 1:37 PM CDT
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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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