John Calipari Gives Memphis a Going Away Gift

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 27, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 21:  Head Coach John Calipari of the Memphis Tigers points a finger from the sideline during their second round game against the Maryland Terrapins in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 21, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Terrapins 89-70.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Its looks like Kentucky coach John Calipari got out of Memphis just in time. The Memphis Commercial Appeal broke the news earlier this evening that the NCAA had reported major violations on the Memphis basketball program during the 2007-08 season.

The allegations include “knowing fraudulence or misconduct” (a.k.a cheating on a SAT exam by a player), and spending over $2,000 in travel accommodations for an associate of a player to travel with the team.

According to the the report (view it here), the NCAA made Memphis aware of the probe in early January. Calipari left for the Kentucky job on March 31. Perfect timing.

While the player in question was not named due to NCAA rules, based on the information given about this player, the only person that fits the description is Chicago Bulls guard and NBA Rookie of the Year, Derrick Rose.

Rose played one year with the Tigers and in only one NCAA Tournament. He is the only player that would fit the description the letter entails.