Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Calipari Honeymoon is Officially Over


John Calipari's exquisite honeymoon in Lexington is likely over. The new Kentucky coach has done everything right in his first couple of months on the job - he has brought in the nation's top recruiting class, represented the University of Kentucky from coast-to-coast, excelled in positive PR, made the correct choice in every decision and generated more interest in Kentucky basketball than has been witnessed in over a decade.

What does it take to wipe out all of his good deeds?

It takes reports coming out of Memphis that the NCAA has charged the Memphis basketball program with major violations stemming from the 2007-08 season. The coach of that Memphis team, of course, was John Calipari. Memphis stands to potentially forfeit their 38-win season and Final Four appearance if the allegations are proven to be true.

Calipari was not named in the NCAA report and is not being investigated in any way. Somehow, that will not matter as you can guarantee that this will leave a black mark on Calipari's Kentucky tenure that will never be forgotten. Memphis supporters and anti-Calipari band wagoners are already out in full force. Sadly, even if Calipari is 100% innocent (you know, that whole innocent until proven guilty thing), every positive goal that he obtains at Kentucky will be met with constant reminders of how he is cheating, how the wins will be forfeited or how he won with ineligible players.

Calipari's UMASS team had its Final Four appearance stripped many years ago and that black mark still follows him today. Add that to the new Memphis allegations and it spells trouble, warranted or not, for everything good that Calipari does.

Sadly, John Calipari's honeymoon with the University of Kentucky is now over. How will the first year of marriage be?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, at least Billie Gillespie ran a clean program. However difficult it was in the beginning, now you see why Memphis is so glad to get rid of Cal and his baggage. He's yours now, good luck!

Anonymous said...

IMO all NCAA coaches do things that are not on the up and up;most just do not get questioned. Sounds like "sour grapes" out of Memphis to me. Why wait this long to bring this up? I would rather have Coach Cal than Billy Gillispie. At least Coach Cal is nice to the kids and can coach.

Anonymous said...

All documents date back to January. If this were such a big deal, wouldn't something have been done by now?

Anonymous said...

It is almost laughable to hear all the Coach Cal haters rush to quickly judge him guilty! The media, fans, and players like Calipari and that just doesn’t make Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and the Memphis’ of the world happy! Get used to it… and what amazes me that our country the United States of America – which is suppose to be a country of honor, integrity, and compassion to our fellow man… not to mention being innocent until proven guilty – would allow the jealous, and misguided to set in judgment on another human being! Go ahead and take your shots now… if it makes you feel better!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but the "honeymoon" with the University of Kentucky IS NOT OVER!!!! Love Coach Cal!!!!! He has been cleared of any wrongdoing...your own key words, "Calipari was not named in the NCAA report and is not being investigated in any way." So, where's your story??!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!

UK FAN!!!!

Anonymous said...

Honeymoon over??? I think NOT! Just waiting to put on that "ring!"

BluegrassHoopster said...

I love Coach Cal, as well. My point with this article is that regardless of what he does, despite not being named and being 100% innocent, ther are going to be plenty of folks throwing this in there from now on. See what I mean?

He will never be able to do anything positive at Kentucky now without having a few negative Nancy's throwing something in there (ie. "he cheated" or "they'll be taking those wins away soon...")

BluegrassHoopster said...

I am curious about the documents dating back to January, as well. That just seems strange to me.

Anonymous said...

For you Calipari lovers out there, ESPN2 1st & 10 show on now, Steve Bardo and Skip Bayless agree that Calipari, if found guilty, should suffer the consequences with a one year suspension and a fine. ...And that's coming from ESPN commentators. WOW! All three commentators agree that if John is guilty that Memphis should not be penalized. ..and your friend Pat Forde is also beating his drum for Louisville

Anonymous said...

Anxiously awaiting John's next twitter, can't wait!

Anonymous said...

First of all Memphis fan have heard of the allegations sence before Coach Cal left for Kentucky and I read it in the paper it was not something that was a secret or anything like that. But I know where there is smoke there is fire it happened at UMass and Memphis when will it happen in Kentucky.I hope it dosen't for all of the players and fan but if it dose you got what you paid for and good luck for the blue nation.GO TIGER GO

Anonymous said...

Not a huge surprise, except the timing, and if something like this was dated January, where was Barnhardt when he vetted Cal for the job and had a clean bill of health from NCAA? There must be an explanation for this that absolves Cal. Barnhardt and Todd wouldn't gloss over something like this.

BluegrassHoopster said...

I heard on the radio earlier that they think someone actually took the SAT for Rose. How does that happen?

Anonymous said...

I don't get what the hubbub is all about.

College basketball is corrupt. Period. John Calipari has always "worked" the recruiting referees, just like Phil Jackson does with the NBA refs or like Kra-zoo-ski does with the whistle guys in college. "Working the officials" is part of the job description. Folks in Arkansas will even tell you that Stan Heath got fired because he didn't "work the officials" well enough.

If you want to watch a fair game with actual rules administered by unbiased officials, I'm afraid Scrabble may be the only option left.

Anonymous said...

I cheat at scrabble, though. I carry around an extra bag of letters. And I carry a mini dictionary.

BluegrassHoopster said...

LOL

Anonymous said...

I wish KY well. I am a Memphis fan and know that you've got a great coach in Cal...but I KNOW this will happen to you all as well. Enjoy next year, it will be fun, but will eventually make you all feel a bit dirty too. Go Tigers Go!

Anonymous said...

as a Memphis fan, all the pro-Cal Kentucky fans sound exactly like we did defending his UMass/Camby situation..."but his name was never specifically involved," "he was exonerated by the ncaa," etc.

we drank the kool-aid, and we enjoyed the wins. now we're dealing with the consequences of dancing with the devil and his henchman, world wide wes.

this is not sour grapes; just stating facts. the cloud started for cal at umass, then it followed him to memphis, and now it has followed him to kentucky. each school gets left holding the bag. barnhardt was probably aware of all of this, and was willing to take a chance in order to turn his program around, as we were.

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