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After a brief stint in the NBA, Calipari returned to college basketball to coach the Memphis Tigers.
As expected, Calipari did not skip a beat and recruited some of the best players in the game. Calipari once again returned to the Final Four in a remarkable 2008 season with the Tigers, which was led by the superb play of point guard Derrick Rose.
An investigation by the Memphis Commercial Appeal uncovered the fact that a player was academically ineligible to play. The problem is that player was arguably one of the best in the country and most certainly the best on Memphis, Derrick Rose.
The NCAA alleged the prospective player became eligible after an "unknown individual" completed his SAT.
The story was proved to be true, and the school was punished. However, Calipari was—once again—cleared of any wrong doing.
Soon after the finding, Calipari left Memphis and secured a job with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Memphis was forced to forfeit its NCAA-record 38 victories and Final Four appearance. Memphis has not been able to match the success since Calipari left the school.