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College Hoops Oops: Kentucky Celebrates John Calipari's Milestone Prematurely

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 29:  John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the SEC game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on January 29, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 66-60.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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James PattersonContributor IMarch 1, 2011

John Calipari will most likely break the 500 wins threshold someday.

But that day wasn't Saturday.

Hours after beating the University of Florida in a key SEC matchup, Kentucky officials publicly congratulated Calipari on his 500th career win by giving him an official game ball to commemorate the milestone.

Only one problem. Kind of a big one.

Officially, the victory on Saturday brings Calipari's win total to 458, according to the NCAA. The University of Massachusetts was forced to vacate four postseason wins from its 1994-1995 season, and Memphis had to do the same for all 38 wins in the 2007-2008 season that saw the Tigers go all the way to the National Championship game.

According to NCAA head of statistics Gary Johnson, the NCAA doesn't recognize those wins on its record books, and the schools in question are not allowed to recognize those wins in the form of banners, signs or other official publications.

Calipari came under fire after it was revealed that Derrick Rose (now an NBA All-Star) should not have been eligible to enroll at Memphis due to an invalidated entrance exam.

UMass was forced to vacate its NCAA Tournament wins and Final Four banner after it was revealed that former national Player of the Year, Marcus Camby, accepted around $28,000 in contributions from two different sports agents.

As of Saturday's win, Calipari's official record sits at 458-149. His current record at the University of Kentucky is 55-11.

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