Who Is Responsible For The Memphis Final Four Scandal?

A Shameful Manipulation of the Past and Future

8/21/09 in NCAABB   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

It's no surprise that John Calipari successfully avoided the long, but incompetent arm of NCAA justice.  Q'ers found out on Thursday that for the 2nd time in his career, one of Calipari's teams was erased from the Final Four because of NCAA violations.  For those who thought "Coach Cal" learned his lesson at UMASS, think again.  Unfortunately, the NCAA has elected not to prosecute Calipari, while he is in the midst of rebuilding the University of Kentucky's storied basketball program.  I'm interested in what Calipari, UK, Memphis, and the NCAA had to say on Thursday.  If manipulation and double-speak bother you, this may be a bumpy ride.

Calipari issued this statement, Thursday: "I'm very disappointed and disheartened by the NCAA's findings.  I fully support the University of Memphis' appeal and until that process is carried through to its completion, I will have no further comment on the matter.  I am anxious to coach the team at the University of Kentucky beginning this fall."

In effect, Calipari said nothing.  In a fashion that was slicker than the grease in his hair, Calipari supported Memphis' desire to appeal, while distancing himself from the situation.  It was as if he was an innocent bystander to a wrongful deed.  Not surprisingly, the University of Kentucky also released a statement Thursday, reiterating that this was a problem for the "University of Memphis" not the University of Kentucky.  University officials admitted that the NCAA investigation was a topic of discussion during their process of courting Calipari, and concluded that he had been forthright and honest with them.  Likely story. 

Officials in Memphis surely weren't victims in all of this, either.  Someone in the athletic department certainly knew of the Derrick Rose's SAT fiasco, and that his brother was making road trips with the team.  This is where millions of sports fans scream in unison, "everybody's doing it."  That may be true; this might be the price you pay for a trip to the National Championship Game. 
 
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9/11/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

(Edited by Drakesrake_77)

9/6/09   |   Damondogg31   |   4 respect

Drakesrake_77 wrote:
OK- Then I can't wait to see Louisville's fans humiliation when Pitino's dirty laundry gets aired out on national television for the next six months during this federal investigation and trial. And while Cal's teams humiliate Louisville's on the court until Pitino retires. 

This BS Memphis scandal is dead.  You and all the other Calipari and UK haters are gonna eat your words as Cal takes UK to the national title time and time again.  Sorry, but the NCAA will not be able to stick anything to Calipari or UK during his tenure as head coach.  You are just as desparate and sad as all the others who hate that your rival just landed the one guy that is guaranteed to pull all the best recruits to Kentucky.  Quit your crying and deal with it.   

First off, I'm not crying and second those ARE THE FACTS in my opinion that I have stated.

8/26/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

Scott wrote:
This just further proves how much of a joke the NCAA is when it comes to laying down the law to major institutions.  Both Calipari and Memphis were placed on stern warning before after past transgressions and yet both find a way to escape this mess with no lasting effects.  Calipari loses his signing bonus from Memphis, which means nothing to him now that he is the highest paid coach in college basketball, and he gets to take a high profile recruiting class to another school with no sanctions.  Memphis doesnt lose any recruits as well and doesnt get hit with any type of postseason ban.  It's a sad state affairs especially knowing that if this was any non major institution, they would've probably been hit with the death penalty that would've set back there program years.  Instead, everybody turns the other cheek and both Memphis and Calipari go on like nothing ever happen.  Way to take a stand NCAA

I couldn't disagree more.  You actually think they weren't harsh enough!!?? Gimmie a break!  What punishment would you have them give to Memphis?  Tell me, where is this so-called evidence against Derrick Rose?  It doesn't even matter because even if they could prove that D. Rose didn't take the SAT in question, for the NCAA to hand down the death penalty or strip them of scholarships, they would have to be able to prove that Memphis either knowingly participated in fixing the fraudulent test, OR AT LEAST PROVE THAT THEY KNEW ABOUT IT AND STILL PLAYED HIM!!!   

The bottom line is, the NCAA Clearinghouse cleared Rose to play- not once, but twice.  What do you expect a university or coach to do? Should they go hold the hands of every big-time recruit while they take their SAT?  If anything, they penalized Memphis too harshly, just to try and cover up their own ineptitude!  The only joke here, is the NCAA Clearinghouse, who's job it is to declare all these players either eligible or ineligible.  They are the ones who blew it.  You may think that the whole situation looks very suspicious; even downright slimy, but I believe (as does the US constitution) that the burden of proof rests on the ones who are professing guilt.  There are too many scenarios in which Memphis and Calipari end up completely innocent.  Let's not start hanging people and programs without knowing all the facts.  And I think this is a clear case of the NCAA jumping the gun, and then they ended up not having enough evidence to hand down any real punishment. 

8/26/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

Damondogg31 wrote:
I'm from Louisville, KY and I can't wait to witness the upcoming disaster that will take place for the Kentucky Wildcats men's hoops team.    This is hw desperate that UK is, to hire someone who has done nothing to earn the right to coach UK.    Cal is just a dirty car salesman, then again a dirty NBA salesman is more like it.
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OK- Then I can't wait to see Louisville's fans humiliation when Pitino's dirty laundry gets aired out on national television for the next six months during this federal investigation and trial. And while Cal's teams humiliate Louisville's on the court until Pitino retires. 

This BS Memphis scandal is dead.  You and all the other Calipari and UK haters are gonna eat your words as Cal takes UK to the national title time and time again.  Sorry, but the NCAA will not be able to stick anything to Calipari or UK during his tenure as head coach.  You are just as desparate and sad as all the others who hate that your rival just landed the one guy that is guaranteed to pull all the best recruits to Kentucky.  Quit your crying and deal with it.   

8/21/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Jerry Tarkanian would like to ask Coach Cal to dial it down a little

8/21/09   |   OrBear

Scott wrote:
This just further proves how much of a joke the NCAA is when it comes to laying down the law to major institutions.  Both Calipari and Memphis were placed on stern warning before after past transgressions and yet both find a way to escape this mess with no lasting effects.  Calipari loses his signing bonus from Memphis, which means nothing to him now that he is the highest paid coach in college basketball, and he gets to take a high profile recruiting class to another school with no sanctions.  Memphis doesnt lose any recruits as well and doesnt get hit with any type of postseason ban.  It's a sad state affairs especially knowing that if this was any non major institution, they would've probably been hit with the death penalty that would've set back there program years.  Instead, everybody turns the other cheek and both Memphis and Calipari go on like nothing ever happen.  Way to take a stand NCAA

Truer words were never spoken.  Sports instutitions are nothing more that big business.  And we all know the bottom line is money.

8/21/09   |   Scott   |   53787 respect

This just further proves how much of a joke the NCAA is when it comes to laying down the law to major institutions.  Both Calipari and Memphis were placed on stern warning before after past transgressions and yet both find a way to escape this mess with no lasting effects.  Calipari loses his signing bonus from Memphis, which means nothing to him now that he is the highest paid coach in college basketball, and he gets to take a high profile recruiting class to another school with no sanctions.  Memphis doesnt lose any recruits as well and doesnt get hit with any type of postseason ban.  It's a sad state affairs especially knowing that if this was any non major institution, they would've probably been hit with the death penalty that would've set back there program years.  Instead, everybody turns the other cheek and both Memphis and Calipari go on like nothing ever happen.  Way to take a stand NCAA

8/21/09   |   srvntofjesus   |   13 respect

    if you cant beat em  -  then cheat em   

8/21/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Cal ruined UMass and Memphis. And he'll do the same at UK. Somebody please hire someone to spy on this guy.

8/21/09   |   etukis

everyone

8/21/09   |   Damondogg31   |   4 respect

I'm from Louisville, KY and I can't wait to witness the upcoming disaster that will take place for the Kentucky Wildcats men's hoops team.    This is hw desperate that UK is, to hire someone who has done nothing to earn the right to coach UK.    Cal is just a dirty car salesman, then again a dirty NBA salesman is more like it.