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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: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:38 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Preach on gocardsgo!  Louisville and Memphis can unite under Calipari.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:37 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

I think it's time Calipari paid the piper.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:02 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

come on its not like he paid anyone to go out and get A "Health Insurance....."

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:58 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Maybe it is time for the NCAA to start cleaning house.  SMU football had to go through the death penalty for their infractions.  I would suggest for dirty programs and coaches, that the NCAA seriously consider death penalties for both schools and coaches.  It is very apparent that the current penalties are not sufficient to deter the cheating.....

I say reset the rules and be specific as to what will constitute the death penalty for both programs and coaches....

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:52 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

I feel stupid for even having read this "article" this morning. The NCAA cleared the kid to play. And if you don't think the outcome of this investigation would have been different based on the score of the final game, you sir are a fool (I now must apologize to all the "sirs" out there for the comparison). The NCAA coming down tough by removing the loser from the NCAA championship game from the books is a far cry from them removing the champs. They are arbitrary in their dealings w/ players as well as the universities they govern.

But I digress, when you are thinking about your next article, make sure you don't fall off the pot when you lift your leg to crap.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:37 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

It's sad but I feel more inclined to comment on not reading Freeman's writing than the actual issue itself.  After Freeman wrote a column calling Josh Hamilton a con because he had one slip up (even though he admitted it the following day), I have kept a close eye on what he writes.  And your post cannot sum up  my feelings more.  Freeman hops on bandwagons about as easily as Lou Pinella gets himself kicked out of games, and quite frankly he has left you, me, and probably dozens of others with no choice... NO MORE READING HIS GARBAGE WRITING!!

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:32 am

"raised his hind leg and defacated"?

Who raises a hind leg to defacate?   Urinate maybe, but to defacate, most animals squat.

Seriously though, and this is scary:  What we currently know about Calipari is JUST what we know ... gotta wonder just how bad the full story is.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 7:08 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

Most violations in NCAA history?  The point shaving I will give you, but when did that happen?  Ancient history dummy.  Payiing players?  Also ancient history. 

This is a pathetic attempt by a UL fan to shift the focus off his coach (former UK coach I admit) and his whacked out "i had an affair with her, then paid for an abortion, no I mean health insurance then paid my assistanc eto marry the broad and have kids with her" extortion case.

I admit, Coach C has me very concerned.  Not his coaching ability, but his recruiting methods.  Hopefully things will change, but  aleopard doesnt change its spots.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 7:02 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

I dont know about the KU and Duke incidents you mention, but regarding the USC issues, the NCAA is still investigating both of them.  As a UK fan, I am very concerned.  There is no doubt Calipari can coach, but his recruiting methods leave much to be desired.  Lets be honest too, Memphis and UMASS were not exactly beacons of light on the basketball map before he got there, so I am sure that whatever he did had the "blessing" of the school.  One of those "you arent going to do anything underhanded are you Coach (wink, wink, nudge nudge).  Still, it doesnt leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling.

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2009 6:49 am

Dear Memphis: time to pay the piper

U of L hasn't even had a black coach... and Tubby was not ran off he was ran off because he started getting lazy in recruiting. 
Also the NCAA needs to man up and taking action against these other schools such as Duke, USC, KU, and im sure im leaving a few out. This should be a NCAA issue not a Memphis issue.
Now on to these ignorant fans lets say your the head coach at any university, you get told by the NCAA Clearinghouse that your star player is eligible to play for this upcoming season. You know damn well you would play him, this is the NCAA fault not Calipari's, the only thing he should be even guilty of is recruiting players that haven't already passed the ACT or SAT, and is risking the highschool or someone helping the kid get in even though he doesn't have the grades.

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