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Rose's former summer coach clarifies quote

Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:09 am
Edited on: May 28, 2009 7:00 pm

The Chicago Sun-Times ' Michael O'Brien is reporting that the NCAA believes former Simeon High basketball player Kevin Johnson is the person who allegedly took the SAT for Derrick Rose.

The paper's source on the story: Luther Topps.

He helped coach one of Rose's old summer teams.

He's receiving a lot of attention this morning because of the following quote:

"[Simeon coach Robert Smith and I] didn’t know anything about his test,’’ Topps told the Sun-Times . "(Derrick's older brother) Reggie (Rose) moved me and him out of the way long before that, as soon as the money got involved."

Money involved? reached Topps by phone early Thursday, asked for a clarification on that quote, asked what he meant by "as soon as the money got involved," asked whether he was accusing Reggie Rose of being on the take. In a brief conversation, Topps denied he was suggesting improprieties and insisted that when he said he was moved out "as soon as the money got involved" that what he really meant was that he was moved out when it became obvious that Rose's future clearly included millions of dollars as a professional basketball player.

"What (I meant) by 'money involved,' is that (I was moved out) when they started smelling the money as far as (Derrick) getting rich," Topps said. "That's what (I) mean. ... (I) was talking about (money as in) when the kid turned pro."

Multiple attempts by to reach Reggie Rose have been unsuccesful.


Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2009 1:39 pm

Time To Get Some New Direction From The Top

Time For RC Johnson To Move On
The buck should stop right at the office door of RC Johnson. Mr. Parrish is right on. Have been a long time Memphis fan since 1943. Have seen a lot of good times and bad times.This should be considered a good time. We have a new exciting coach coming in, great fans, attractive city, Fed Ex Forum, and a NBA team that I think should help in the recuriting process. Coach Cal did us a great job, let him move on and just say thank you. Now Memphis fans can at least pull for Tennessee 2 games a year when they play Kentucky. Maybe a Memphis & Kentucky series. I think our new coach will go after players that will stay for the full four years and if not at least three. Enough of the one and gone. Duke, NC, U Conn, and other great programs have players that stay the full term and maybe we can also. Maybe a team of just very good all around players instead of one "super star" that uses our program as a stop over on the way to the NBA. RC move on and give a great city and great program new leadership from the top. We once had our football, baseball, and ladies basketball on the move to greatness. If it had not been for the luck of getting coach Cal our basketball would have gone down also. RC step aside and let the school bring in a gread AD. If we had the funds to offer coach Cal more money than Kentucky we should have the funds to go and steal, I mean hire a great AD. RC you did a very bad thing to the city, the school, the players, and most of all to Josh Pastner. Move On!

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2009 3:28 pm

Rose's former summer coach clarifies quote

I laugh at all of this.  Rose and Eric Gordon spent 2 nights in Bloomington and Gordon signed at IU and Rose went to Memphis. I saw them at Yogi's together.   Rose brother said in the Bloomington paper that sometimes things seemed better than they really were.  IU fans and me thought that meant he wanted to go to a clean program and IU was not clean enough.  Sampson made too many phone calls but money was never an issue at IU so I smile as I read this. Now it seems Rose brother was shopping for the best deal, money wise!  You really cannot blame Rose as the coaches and admin let him get by with the SAT crap!

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 2:12 am

Rose's former summer coach clarifies quote

Whether Topps meant real payouts or Rose as a future lottery ticket really doesn't matter. Anyone who has followed th Chicago Public League knows its a political machine, just like the city. Its all about connections and who is lining whose pockets. As far as Reggie Rose goes, he acted like an agent throughout his younger brothers recruitment. Everything went through him. Its very unlikely there wasn't some compensation given to Reggie Rose by someone. In the unlikely event there wasn't, R.Rose still wasn't going to let D.Rose get out of his sight with the future payday that lay ahead.

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 6:23 pm

Rose's former summer coach clarifies quote

Wow. For a Kansas fan who won a title with a player with a questionable transcript, Darrell Arthur, you sure throw a lot of mud on the wall.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:59 pm
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