The Memphis basketball program learned Tuesday it can officially put the years-long NCAA investigation behind it.
Penny Hardaway and his Tigers, as determined by the Independent Accountability Resolution Process, were completely absolved of the most severe allegations, receiving a few minor penalties for lesser infractions. That constituted a massive win for a lot of people.
Who are the biggest winners? Is it possible the delivery of that news will wind up representing a huge springboard into the 2022-23 season for new-look Memphis? How much better off might Hardaway and the Tigers be now that they can turn their full attention toward actual basketball and only actual basketball?
Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and Commercial Appeal columnist Mark Giannotto discuss these things, along with the top storylines as Memphis begins official practices and the excitement surrounding the program now that the IARP is completely in the rear-view mirror on the return of the Tiger Basketball Podcast.