Funny story ...
Kentucky celebrated John Calipari's 500th coaching victory the other night.
One problem -- he doesn't have 500 victories.
An NCAA spokesman pointed out that he had 38 wins vacated at Memphis and another four wins vacated at UMass, meaning that according to the NCAA, he has 458 wins, not 500.
PS A stray thought ... If Memphis' 38 wins from 2008 are vacated, doesn't that mean that Duke still shares the record for most wins in a season at 37?
Kentucky folks are probably shrugging their shoulders, looking confused, and trying to figure out what in the heck the NCAA means by such a statement.
Man, if your Mom made you wear that color when you were a baby, and you're still wearing it, it's time to grow up!
Not to hijack this thread, but on a related subject (UK and scummy activities at multiple schools), was anyone else taken aback yesterday to see Eddie Sutton admitted into the Basketball Hall of Fame? Did I see that correctly? Wasn't he essentially banned from coaching in the NCAAs? This is Fame? Sadly, I can see Calipari "inducted" as well down the road, although it looks like he'll need a few more wins than his current fine institution evidently thinks...
Finally, some good news.
It's about time. Look, I'm no fan of the NCAA. Their rules are often nebulous, enforcement haphazard, and penalties arbitrary.
But I have always found it grossly unfair that neither Memphis nor UMass get to hang banners, and their players at best have asterisks beside their names in the record books, but we still call Jon Calipari a "Final Four Coach". Regardless of whether you agree with the NCAA, if the institution and players don't get recognition, the coach shoudn't either.
That being said, he is one of only 6 coaches to go to at least three Final Fours with at least two different programs, and did have a long and successful career, so there are things to honor.
As for Calipari, this is kind of small potatoes. I'm still waiting for something to affect his future and not his past.
Just so I understand, if the party line that Sutton only cheated once (an envelope full of money-- that's about as bad as it gets)...
...or is it that he only got caught once?
I just want to make sure I understand
--Jason "I know, Sutton knew nothing about the envelope... yeah, right" Evans
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official report, the original investigation was prompted by a 1985 newspaper article which accused the school of violations. Sutton had only been on the job for a few months at that point, and had yet to coach a game. Did he do things right at UK, of coarse not, but I have to imagine it would be hard to walk into UK, see that they're already paying guys, and then tell them to stop before you have even established yourself there.
Even if you take away everything he did at UK, it doesn't really change his case for HoF credentials all that much.
Just to be clear -- when the NCAA vacates games, those games DO disappear from a coach's record. This came up when the NCAA penalized Florida State in football -- Bobby Bowden lost a number of victories and essentially fell out of the race with Paterno for the all-time winningest coach.
The story linked in the original post quotes Gary Johnson of the NCAA (he's the head of their statistics and publications bureau) as saying that Calipari has just 458 wins (459 after tonight's victory over Vandy). That's the way the NCAA sees it.
So, he does NOT have a Final Four appearance on his record, since both his apparent FF appearances were vacated.
things to do this weekend:
1) watch duke
2) chip in to iron dukes for the average cost of one cleaning bill for "gatorade stain removal"