Cheaters Never Win, Except John Calipari

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Jim Tressel is gone from the Ohio State University. Bruce Pearl is gone from the University of Tennessee. Butch Davis is leading a program where 8 players amassed 317 unpaid parking totaling over $13,000. Wide Receiver Greg Little alone had 93 tickets on multiple vehicles with nine different license plates. Among the cars the players were driving? Land Rovers, BMWs and Acuras, all cars scholarship players who can’t have jobs surely can afford. Then you have John Calipari.

Back in the 2007-2008 season, future NBA MVP Derrick Rose led the Memphis Tigers to the NCAA Title game under coach John Calipari. A few months later it was discovered that Rose’s SAT score had been thrown out because he may not have actually taken the test himself. This led to the season being vacated because Rose was ruled ineligible. The worst part is that if they had let that violation slide, he would have been ruled ineligible because his brother Reggie was allowed to travel with the team for free.

Coach Calipari has had a track record of violations. In his career he has had a season at UMass vacated as well shady dealings such as hiring prized recruit Tyreke Evans’ personal strength coach as an administrative assistant. So how is he punished? After the fall out at Memphis, he was actually rewarded by becoming head coach of perennial powerhouse Kentucky. A man who is a ticking time bomb of NCAA violations gets one of the most coveted jobs in college sports.

Today, Kentucky announced that they had extended Coach Calipari’s contract by 2 more seasons and an additional $5 million, bringing the total of his deal with incentives to $36.5 million.

A lot of people argue that paying student-athletes is one solution to the problems, but maybe we should stop paying these coaches who cheat, get caught and are rewarded with even more lucrative deals while the teams they leave are left to pick up the pieces.

23 COMMENTS

  1. As Seth Davis recently noted, what happened at UMass and Memphis had nothing to do with Calipari. Agents got to Camby. That’s on him. Rose, maybe, didn’t take his SAT. He says he did. And to be clear, the NCAA didn’t rule him ineligible on those grounds. No, the ETS, the independent testing service, invalidated his test score retroactively when he didn’t respond to two letters of inquiry (sent to an address he wasn’t at). The NCAA determined it didn’t have to rule on the issue of test fraud: If his score was invalidated after the season was over, then he was never initially qualified to play. (Think about that for a moment, and cry.) But Calipari’s track record? Absolutely clean. The NCAA has never so much as implicated him in anything. Whatsoever. Let’s all get that perfectly straight.

    But it’s true that he hired Tyreke’s strength coach as an assistant. A common practice among college coaches that, while legal, was never commendable and is now no longer permitted. And Calipari must take some responsibility for letting Reggie Rose fly and stay with the team in 2007-08. The practice was, again, perfectly legal; the NCAA had no problem with it whatsoever — so long as the athletics department made sure to charge Reggie’s credit card accordingly. Which it did for most of the season. But in mid-December 2007, though he was charged for the flight, he wasn’t charged for the lodging. The same thing happened in late January 2008. On two later occasions, he was charged for the lodging and not the flight. It was an administrative error waiting to happen, and – easy to say in hindsight – Calipari should never have allowed it. As the author notes, SAT aside, Rose would have been ineligible beginning mid-December 2007 for impermissible benefits to a family member. The NCAA did not implicate Calipari in the matter, but he had the power to prevent it.

    So yes, a questionable hiring and a lapse of judgment, or too much faith that administrative staff will do what they are supposed to do. All in all, over the course of a lengthy career, that’s a pretty damn good record. Nothing like the innuendo I just read. It’s the author here, Patrick Sicher, who comes off rather badly for not knowing his history (he seems to have cherry picked Wikipedia). Or worse, for knowing his history and slinging mud regardless.

  2. Click on the link at the top of this page titled “Why Is This Site Called BlackSportsOnline.” There, the creator and CEO of BSO explains what he means by “Bias Sports Media.” After likening the media to a pack of wolves, he explains:

    “The media doesn’t care about race they care about recognition and that recognition is about sensationalizing stories and focusing on athletes whom the public already has a negative perception of and feeding that frenzy. As stated before the gasoline to a flickering flame.”

    Substitute “sports figures” for the term “athletes,” and you have the perfect description of Patrick Sicher’s piece on Calipari. Odd that the creator and CEO of BSO would allow the very slaughter of image he so well criticizes elsewhere on this site.

  3. Cheaters of all kinds might get away with it for a while but eventually they all get caught. It shocks me when they do they are shocked and deny that they cheated at all.

  4. UK IDOLATERS amaze me. You say Roy cheats! YEAH RIGHT, but he DOSENT CONSTANTLY LAND 4 OF THE TOP 25 RECRUITS EVERY YEAR.THE REASON UK HIRED CAL WAS TO KEEP UNC FROM REACHING 2000 WINS BEFORE THEM AND PASSING THEM IN ALLTIME WINS.ALLTIME WINS MEAN NOTHING,ONLY RECORDS RELATED TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT AND UK IS NOT FIRST IN TITLES(1ST UCLA),F4 APPEARANCES(1ST UNC),OR TOURNEY WINS(1ST UNC).WIN A TITLE IN THE THIS CENTURY BEFORE U RUN YOUR MOUTHS.

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