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Would You Want Your Son To Play for John Calipari?

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 21:  Head Coach John Calipari of the Memphis Tigers yells and 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)
E Paul LianCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

The question of the day is simply this: Does John Calipari belong in college coaching?

Here's another situation that begs our attention. How can the NCAA continue to look the other way when these allegations of impropriety continue to pop up with these big name Division-One coaches? 

Coach Calipari and his staff allegedly ran the University of Memphis basketball program into the ground, then they slipped out the back door unscathed and found another willing suitor waiting for their services—for a substantial raise in salary no less.

Why doesn't the NCAA step in like other regulatory agencies and forbid Calipari from ever coaching again until these charges are either proven or dismissed? If he's proven guilty, treat him like anyone else; suspend him for a year, fine him substantially, and if it happens again, ban him for life.

Get their attention people. Your current method of wearing mittens to a boxing match isn't working.

It's way past the time for the NCAA to put a stop to this unethical behavior. The list of coaches who've shamed themselves, their families, and universities is almost too long to list.

Why do the student-athletes have to comply with strict standards, but the people in charge of the programs get away unpunished? 

The current climate in Division-One sports is shameful. It's getting to the point the whole system will be at risk until the NCAA steps up to the plate and puts some teeth into their coaching standards. 

It takes a leader with some backbone to institute the necessary changes. 

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