Calipari Under Fire

The NCAA has said that Calipari is not the subject of investigation, yet everywhere you turn, Calipari's name seems to be the front and center of discussion.

Under Fire
University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is under fire as an NCAA Investigation into the Memphis basketball program continues around an alleged doctored SAT score used to qualify NBA star Derrick Rose for play at Memphis, where Calipari coached.

The NCAA has said that Calipari is not the subject of investigation, yet everywhere you turn, Calipari's name seems to be the front and center of discussion.

Here are a few things being said around the country about this situation:


Newsday
Freshly minted Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari hasn't been accused of wrongdoing, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Twice.

First at UMass, and now Memphis, Calipari walked out on programs ahead of allegations of major NCAA violations. Also coincidentally, both cases involved the best players he ever coached.


New York Times
But if it seems as if Calipari has personally managed to stay a step ahead of N.C.A.A. enforcement, his former programs have clearly ended up a step behind. UMass descended into mediocrity after he left and Memphis is fighting both the N.C.A.A. and the possibility of on-court struggles. Calipari, meanwhile, is enjoying the spoils of Kentucky's brand name, including the $31 million contract that goes with it.


New York Daily News
As quickly as some rabid Kentucky fans rushed to coronate John Calipari as the next king of college basketball, there are critics who are weary of his bloodlines and wonder whether he's entitled to wear the crown.


Black Athlete
That may ultimately prove true but the coach has been one step ahead of dirty for much of his career, which is why most schools with big-time programs shied away.

Not Kentucky. Not a program so desperate to win it ran off a decent man and good coach who actually won a national title at the school -- Tubby Smith, now happily at Minnesota - to chase a return to glory. A return already tainted.

Maybe this is Tubby's Revenge, or perhaps payback when a school punts a good coach because he's just not good enough (see: Notre Dame football).


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