John Calipari Video: Watch Memphis PA's Epic Fail of Announcing Former Coach
Ever have a brain fart? Then you understand how Memphis Tigers public address announcer Chuck Roberts felt after announcing John Calipari as the team's head coach before Sunday's game against Murray State.
A video of the cringe-worthy mistake is embedded above.
Calipari hasn't coached at the school since 2009 when he moved on to lead the Kentucky Wildcats program. He had a lot of success during his tenure as head coach at Memphis, but the team's National Championship Game appearance was vacated due to issues surrounding Derrick Rose.
So once the former coach's name was uttered by Roberts, a parade of boos started and continued to grow as more fans came to understand what happened. There is obviously still a lot of hostility toward the controversial coach despite being away for a few years.
The current head coach of the Tigers is Josh Pastner.
Pastner spent time as an assistant under Lute Olson at his alma mater of Arizona before joining Calipari's staff in 2008. Once Calipari jumped ship, Pastner was chosen to return the program to prominence through his tireless recruiting.
According to a report from Tom Weir of USA Today, the current coach went over to tell Roberts not to worry about the slip up. Afterwards he jokingly said, “I told him if you're going to call me (Calipari), you've got to add some wins on my record.”
In reality, Pastner is off to a great start of his own at Memphis. The team won 49 games in his first two seasons at the helm and are 5-3 so far this year. At just 34 years old, he appears to a bright coaching future ahead of him.
However, the Tigers did get upset by the undefeated Racers after the announcing gaffe. Apparently something was just a little bit off inside FedEx Forum on Sunday.
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