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Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Posted on: August 20, 2009 1:00 am
Edited on: August 20, 2009 1:53 am
 
Not sure what's less surprising: that Gary Parrish again beat the world on a huge college basketball story or that, once more, it's proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that John Calipari is a despicable, shameless used car salesman.

Wait. I'm sorry. I just offended all used car salesmen. I apologize. Not even a used car salesman would have two of his Final Fours vacated.

Two.

Calipari is the Michael Jordan of malfeasance.

And now he's all yours, Kentucky.

Congratulations.

I can't believe I once tried to -- somewhat -- defend Calipari. I went against my better instincts and thought at the time: no one can be as dirty as his rivals claim.

Boy was I wrong. His critics underplayed his scumminess.

There's a lesson here. When anyone ever dared criticize Calipari's methodology a legion of Memphis fans would respond with mountains of personal vitriol. You'll see some of that in the comments section below.

They'd defend Calipari at any cost. So would school officials. All along they had to know that something wicked was on the horizon because when it comes to Calipari something wicked is always on the horizon.

Now that Calipari has raised his hind leg and defacated all over the basketball program by causing Memphis to now have the unique distinction of having its Final Four appearance tossed in the trash -- all before scampering off to Kentucky -- what do Memphis fans and university backers think of him now?

The university and its fans fully embraced Calipari and now both entities are reaping what they sowed.

And you're next Kentucky.

Calipari will win at Kentucky. He might even capture a national championship. But eventually everything will crumble to dust because with Calipari that's what happens.

Hopefully Kentucky has all of its lawyers on hot standby.

You're going to need them.




Category: NCAAB
Tags: Memphis
 
Comments

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 10:08 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

WELL SAID, DOOM!



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 5:06 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Exactly. For as long as it stands that comment speaks for alot of us. Well put. Cool



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 4:28 pm
 

Dear Mike Stye-Free Freeman

I have just one thing to say, so it should be easy enough to understand:

FUCK YOU



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 3:54 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Memphis pays, Calipari collects!! God bless America!



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 3:47 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Yes, and our point is that as long as that "someone else" is in an influential "BCS" conference, the NCAA won't do jack squat about it. I agree somewhat with that statement, which is why I stated that the debate over selective punishment was valid.  I'm sure that all cases are treated differently, and although "the rules are the rules", it is the manner in which the rules are enforced that sometimes causes the powers that be to come into question.  My point is that Calipari was in charge when these "violations" took place, therefore for fans to proclaim his complete innocence (at both schools) is asinine.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 3:06 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

I think that the NCAA does have teams that they seem to punish, and other teams they give a slap on the wrist to. It was an allegation about kansas, during the same time of the Memphis allegation, but nothing has been said or done about it. Is it because Kansas(a much higher deligated school than memphis) is a more favorable school than memphis and should be given a slap on the wrist, just because it's Kansas? Should Memphis be punish so harsh, because of it's mid-major status, and of it's not so rich tradition? Both incidents happened in high school, so why is Kansas given a fly by, and Memphis is getting investigated by the NCAA(FBI). No infraction should be deemed higher than the other, just because of what school your from. Some major Schools has had major infractions more harsh than the Memphis-Kansas situation, and all they got was a slap on the wrist. The NCAA needs to be investigated about the favortism that they show to major schools over Mid-Major schools.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 3:02 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

"Memphis isn't the only one guilty of this, but they just happen to be the program who was caught this time.  It will be someone else later."

Yes, and our point is that as long as that "someone else" is in an influential "BCS" conference, the NCAA won't do jack squat about it.  For example when, not if, a similar situation arises at Kentrucky, nothing will happen to the University.  In fact, if allegations were to arise at UK, in all likelihood it would result in something happening to Murray State.  That's the way it is with the NCAA.  "Oklahoma broke the rules, again.  Well, we better slap down SMU, then, huh?"

Silly analogies aside, in such a scenario the NCAA might demand the university take action against Cal, but nothing else would happen to them.....nothing!  Maybe Memphis should change its name to USC.  They could do it, too:  University of Shelby County.

The vacating of wins is about as toothless a penalty as the NCAA can render, but I don't see those folks at Florida State taking a similar penalty lightly, do you?  Now, maybe they're appealling because they fear Bowden's falling a bunch more wins behind JoePa means they might be stuck with him for another six or seven years, as he tries in vain to pass that Yankee boy in wins.

Last point--you're not bothered that the NCAA is pinning the Rose eligibility isue on the "exact science" that is handwriting examinations?  Unless someone came forward and said, "I took the test for Derrick Rose," this hardly seems like something that would be too difficult to get overturned in court.  If it's okay for the Seminoles to fight it, why can't Memphis?



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 1:46 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

So, you are ripping Calipari to shreds - yet you fail to even mention one thing he did wrong? Okay guys, I've seen exactly what I thought I would so far.  The fact is that the allegations in question happened under Calipari's watch.  Whether he was directly or indirectly involved he is going to take heat for it, warranted or not.  I say warranted.  He was in charge, period.   You posters that act as if Calipari didn't know what was going on are simply turning a blind eye to the situation, just as Cal did at UMass and Memphis.  Memphis isn't the only one guilty of this, but they just happen to be the program who was caught this time.  It will be someone else later.  The debate over selective punishment is a valid debate, but that has nothing to do with the fact that Memphis broke the rules, mind you again under Calipari's watch.

As far as being time for Memphis to pay the piper, what's the punishment?  Scholarship loss?  No.  Postseason ban?  No.  Vacated wins?  Yes.  Are we all just supposed to forget the National Championship from 2008 (or UMass and Michigan's Final Four appearances)?  No, so there is no real punishment here.



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:45 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

So, you are ripping Calipari to shreds - yet you fail to even mention one thing he did wrong? GREAT JOURNALISM! 

You are taking Calipari to task, because supposedly - and the NCAA hasn't even proven it - Rose, while in HS, had someone else take his ACT.  As in, before he was at Memphis, with no knowledge from anyone at that school.  The NCAA already stated that Calipari wasn't at risk in their investigation.

So, Rose possibly commits a violation, the NCAA decides in it's infinite hypocrisy to punish Memphis, but not Kansas (Arthur), and Calipari is the bad guy?  Somebody has an agenda.  Pathetic column from a pathetic writer.




Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:39 pm
 

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

The comments are so much better to read than Freeman's "article."  So anyway, let's compare: Program A has a player who takes money from an agent.  Player B has a player who takes money from an agent.  The NCAA punished them both the same way, right?  Wrong.  Program A (UMass) got stripped of their Final 4.  Program B (Duke) got no consequences at all, even though the player who took the money admitted it himself.  Nice job NCAA.

Let's try this again.  Program A recruits a player who isn't exactly an academic whiz child.  Allegations come up, the NCAA checks, he's cleared.  Program B recruits a player who isn't smart, there are no allegations at that time, and the NCAA clears him.  On the surface, Kansas and Memphis recruiting tactics here don't look very different.  Obviously the difference here is that Rose's SAT ended up being invalidated AFTER he finished his freshman year at Memphis while no one ever proved that Arthur's grade got changed.  The real question is, should a school be punished for something that is clearly outside the reasonable scope of their responsibility?  The NCAA has answered "yes" here.  That's more absurd than the fact Freeman has a job writing.


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