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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.


Calipari is the Michael Jordan of malfeasance.

And now he's all yours, Kentucky.


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

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:28 pm

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Funny. Also, he won't win any spelling bees with the word "defacate."
Leave it to a Yale fan to not only spell the author's word right, but also know how bulldogs relieve themselves correctly.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:07 pm

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Tiger, I agree with you on the NCAA's unbalanced enforement.  It's quite a joke really how poorly they enforce anything (against the top earning programs).  USC is a great example.  I'm an SC fan, love the program - but I'm still amazed that it's been left virtually untouched.  It goes to show how much of a farce amateur athletics really is.  Let's use your examples - how happy would CBS be with sanctions against Duke?  How happy would FoxSports, TNT, the Rose Bowl, and countless other entities be if USC (football, not basketball) were sanctioned.  It's millions and millions of dollars.

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 11:40 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

So I guess this makes the NCAA Clearinghouse irrelevent.  Schools need to hire private investigators to sit in on all potential recruits college entrance exams to make sure the right people are taking them?  THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!  And what about USC and Duke... The NCAA needs a regulatory agency to investigate them.  They are getting too obvious in their kickbacks to certain schools. 

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 11:35 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Apparently you don't read Freeman too much.  Reference the article from the 2008 Final Four run where he stated that Cal was not much of a sideline coach and that he "just rolls the ball out there" and lets his athletes run wild.

We as Memphis fans were livid.  Now, in retrospect, haha.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 10:54 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Good point JDub21! And to take it further, how is it automatically Cal's fault. Has Rose or anybody else said that he paid someone to take the test for Rose? I agree it is concerning that trouble seems to follow Cal, but nothing has ever been proven against him that I know of. He had better keep his nose clean while he's in Big Blue Country or he'll be gone just like Eddie Sutton!

Freeman? Reporter? What a joke! And for the small minded, I didn't have to look at his picture to form that opinion, just read a few of his articles. It still amazes me that CBS employs him.

Fans defending their coach and/or program? What do you expect? We all do it to some degree.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 10:35 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Jmatt needs to realize that there was a Memphis before Cal got there and there will be again.  Memphis has always had a strong program from Gene Bartow, Dana Kirk and Larry Finch.  Coach Pastner will bring Memphis back and do it in a positive way.  The NCAA is the issue.  THEY CLEARED D. Rose and Memphis played him.  How is it now Memphis' fault?

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 10:28 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Did your coach not just nail a woman behind his wifes back, get her pregnant and pay for an abortion? Maybe I got the wrong guy but I think I'm onto something here...

A saint he is not.

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 10:17 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Congrats, Mr. Freeman.  I'd actually never heard of you until I opened up this article.  But I'm sure you'll own the most responded to piece of opinion on CBS Sportsline today.  Schedule and interview and sit down with Calipari and say this stuff to his face.  Nah, I seriously doubt you'd do that. 

I'm guessing you won't be on the credential list for UK basketball anytime soon.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 10:07 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

So Calipari is scum bacause a former player took money from an agent and a kid in high school cheated on his entrance test?  Really?  Are those the qualifiers???  So far as all of the haters banging UK for racial issues and point shaving scandals; you really should get you facts straight on point-A and move into this century on Point-B.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:42 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Since clearly you are waiting for a response like this ("you'll see some of that in the comments section below"), I'll go ahead and give it to you. I can't believe they pay you to write this garbage. No real analysis of the situation...just inflammatory name-calling and less than clever analogies. It's kind of like listening to that Keith Olberman show on MSNBC. I guess it gets people to respond, and maybe that's all you're trying to do at the end of the day, but your credibility continues to be damaged as a result (then again, that really doesn't matter for you since your credibility went out the window a long time ago when you lied on your resume). Honestly though, based on this and your past writings, I don't think you know anything about Calipari...never met him or covered his teams. And you have never been close to this story since it why are you chiming in now? Nobody cares about your have no edge here.

At the end of the day, this news was not unexpected, and you know what? Without hard evidence that Derrick Rose didn't take that S.A.T. (and nobody seems to have that evidence, obviously), how can anyone really put Calipari on trial here? It's really all just speculation. The test score was invalidated, so Rose was ineligible. The school didn't know it, they played him, and therefore the wins must be vacated. Maybe the story is really that simple. If I am going to take Bill Self's word that he didn't know Darrell Arthur's grades were changed in H.S. or Coach K's word that he didn't know Corey Maggette took money from an agent, I might as well take Calipari's word on Rose and Camby. If you look through the perception, I don't really see a difference.

And I like Gary Parrish, but everyone who visits your site knows that he covered Memphis for several years and has very close ties to that city. So him "beating the world" on this story isn't exactly a huge accomplishment.

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