Aaron Smith is the guy from the student newspaper at Kentucky who was "punished" this week by UK's sports information department for doing great reporting that, in UK's mind, doubled as a violation of the school's media policy. But that's neither here nor there. It's really just an introduction to my main point -- that Smith now has a nice article in the Kentucky Kernel detailing two relationships John Calipari developed during his nine years at Memphis.
You can read the article here.
The most interesting quotes came from Don DeWeese -- one of Calipari's close friends and the owner of Gibson's Donuts, a popular spot near where Calipari used to live in Memphis. Among the highlights are DeWeese's thoughts on Memphis being forced to vacate the 2007-08 season after Derrick Rose's SAT score was invalidated:
“I think it’s a travesty and everybody else does, too. Because we know we won all those games. Did Derrick Rose take that test? I don’t know. I doubt it. I don’t think John Calipari had anything to do with the arranging of the test. Did he have knowledge of it? Maybe. But they’ve never proved he had anything to do with it.”Another nice quote features DeWeese talking about Calipari's reluctance to recruit Memphians to play for Memphis.
“He didn’t take a lot of Memphis players, because they’re harder to coach, because at every game, they got their whole posse there.”That's a sentiment I know to be true, and it's hard to argue Calipari wasn't correct considering he had off-the-court problems with several Memphians during his tenure at Memphis -- from Antonio Burks to Billy Richmond to Andre Allen. It's something worth remembering considering Josh Pastner now has a Memphis team that'll be ranked in the top 15 of most preseason polls. The number of Memphians on the current Memphis roster? Eight.