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Hate To Say I Told You So: 2007-08 Memphis Forfeit Calipari and Rose

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

The 2007-2008 College Basketball season is officially over, the Kansas Jayhawks have won the National Championship by forfeit. Memphis was unable to attend the event.

At three o'clock eastern, it is expected that the entire Memphis basketball season of 2007-2008 will be vacated. Numerous allegations are being made, mostly involving former No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft: Derrick Rose.

The first allegation is that Rose had a stand-in to take his SAT test. Without this stand-in, it can be concluded that Rose would not have been eligible according to NCAA rules. The use of the stand-in is clearly a violation of NCAA rules.

John Calipari also allowed Derrick Rose’s brother Reggie to use the university’s jet for nearly $2,000 of free travel.

For the record, this makes two Final Four teams that John Calipari has had striped of their Final Four appearance. His 1996 Umass Minutemen were stripped for rules violations as well. Calipari is the only coach to have this happen.

Luckily for Calipari, somehow his name is not implicated in the report against the Memphis program. The truth, however, is that John Calipari is responsible for the Memphis basketball team. He was the coach, and he was on the flights that Reggie Rose was getting comped from the university.

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Calipari has now taken his act to Kentucky. The coach has already brought blue chip recruits with him, and Kentucky is thinking Fab-Five part II.

Be careful Wildcat fans, once is an accident and twice is a trend. Calipari may promise you the world, but will it truly count after the last ticks of the clock?

John Calipari continues to try to win by any means necessary, while this objective pays off in the short-run, the true record books have continually brought John Calipari back to earth as a mediocre coach.

Kentucky needs to realize that they have a proven commodity on their hands, one that has proven his ability to build programs to National Title contention and leave them with more problems than they started with. Good luck.

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