Penny Hardaway Mar 17, 2023; Columbus, OH, USA; Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway reacts to apply in the first half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Tigers men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway will not be able to begin the upcoming season with his team as the NCAA has suspended the coach for the first three games of the 2023-24 season.

The suspension comes after the NCAA determined that Penny Hardaway and his staff committed multiple recruiting violations.

“Memphis men’s basketball coaches committed recruiting violations when they participated in two impermissible in-home recruiting visits with a prospect during his junior year of high school,” the NCAA said in a statement according to WREG Memphis.

The University of Memphis Athletic Department addressed Hardaway’s suspension in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon.

We supported Coach Hardaway’s right to work directly with the NCAA on his portion of the case, and we strongly believe Coach Hardaway never intentionally committed a violation. The University of Memphis is committed to compliance. We will learn from this incident and be even more diligent in our education and monitoring. Now that the entirety of this case is finalized, we will move forward in support of Coach Hardaway and our men’s basketball program, as we do all our programs,” the statement read.

It’s big news in the world of sports, and it generated quite a buzz on social media with many believing the penalty was not strong enough.


[WREG Memphis]