Coach Calipari Flees to Kentucky: Leaves Memphis With NCAA Violations

May 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Men’s College Basketball Coach John Calipari is once again, leaving yet another major college basketball program to deal with allegations of NCAA violations, on the heels of leaving town for a head coaching gig with another program.

The NCAA officially notified the University of Memphis basketball program of an impending investigation into alleged recruiting violations during Calipari’s tenure as head coach, committed at the time of the 2007-2008 season.

The alleged violations are severe, accusing the program of “knowingly” involved in an incident of an unidentified individual taking the SAT exam for Derrick Rose, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls. The Memphis program also stands accused of providing $2,260 in free travel expenses for an associate of a player.

Since Derrick Rose played in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship,” where Memphis reached the Final Four, the team may be forced to vacate its runner-up achievement in the Final Four series.

Calipari and the University of Kentucky, where he now heads up the Men’s basketball program, both note that Calipari’s name was not mentioned in connection with any of the NCAA allegations and that he has not been accused of any wrong doing. But he can’t deny he was in charge of the program during the period of the alleged violations.

Calipari has a dubious history of running programs accused of recruiting violations. During his tenure as Head basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts, he also jumped ship to another program just one step ahead of NCAA recruiting allegations.

The U Mass program was ultimately forced to vacate its Final Four appearance, when Calipari had since moved on to the NBA with the New Jersey Nets.

To add insult to injury, Calipari is busy developing a powerhouse new program at Kentucky, by raiding talent from Memphis, such as DeMarcus Cousins and Darnell Dodson.

When the NCAA investigation is complete, Coach Calipari should breeze through it like an air freshener that doesn’t quite mask the underlying stench. If everyone involved holds their nose, they will get through the investigation just fine.

Derrick Rose has since moved on as well to play for the NBA after just one year of college play, and should not suffer any repercussions. The Memphis Men’s Basketball program will be the ones to pay the price with potential NCAA sanctions, which could set their program behind for several years.

The NCAA sure has a warped system of justice in the way it doles out its penalties for recruiting violations. The current system will continue to encourage coaches and recruiters to cut corners to bag the top players at any cost.

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One Response to “Coach Calipari Flees to Kentucky: Leaves Memphis With NCAA Violations”

  1. john on May 28th, 2009 6:46 pm

    ROSE SCANDAL HITS 2nd College — Not Just Memphis Involved

    SEE THIS… 4 of Rose’s HS team mates are apart of the SAT/Grades scam.

    1 of the HS players is thought to have cheated on his SAT.

    4 other players on his HS team are involved in a HS transcript scam.

    2 of the players play DiV I basketball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/1596666,derrick-rose-simeon-grades-cheat-memphis.article

    Make the numbers clearer

    4 HS players on Rose’s Team

    * 2 may have cheated on their SAT * 4 cheated on school submitted transcripts * 3 played Div I basketball…

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