Bob Richardson, a surgeon and the most recent vice-president of the Golden Tigers, said he had "no idea" who was the club treasurer. If the club kept books, members interviewed by SI say they did not know about it. The bookkeeping deficiencies are making it hard for the university to track down the money in the Golden Tigers' treasury, which it feels rightfully belongs to the school.
Memphis State says it will stop taking boosters on free trips to out-of-town games. It plans to monitor Kirk's outside activities. And university officials say they'll try to upgrade the academic performances of their basketball players.
The NAACP would like to see other improvements. Last month, officials of the local branch of that organization met with three players from the team and, according to Maxine Smith, executive secretary of the Memphis NAACP, were shocked at the "frustration, hopelessness and helplessness" the players expressed. One of the players, Vincent Askew, a star freshman guard last season, talked the other evening on the phone to Memphis City Council-woman Minerva Johnican. "He was very upset," says Johnican, "and ready to leave MSU. He said, 'I don't have anyone to talk to.' Vincent said he tried to talk to the head coach but could never get a conversation."
Carpenter, while trying to be conciliatory, was not caving in to the NAACP: "One coach told me that if you have 15 players, 10 are not interested in education. If the players don't graduate, it's disappointing. But it was their choice." But it was also the choice of the university, which, as Carpenter admitted, hired Kirk with the winning of games, not the education of players, in mind.
In conducting the university's investigation, Hale says he's concerned not only with wrongdoing, but also with the appearance of wrongdoing. Whatever happens with the grand jury, Hale and the NCAA will obviously have their hands full. Current A.D. Charles Cavagnaro says bravely, "Clouds move on. Black eyes do heal."
True, but at the moment Memphis State is sporting quite a shiner.