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Memphis to honor John Calipari, and the fans aren’t happy about it

John Calipari

John Calipari has been credited with putting the Memphis basketball program on the map, and his former employer plans to pay tribute to him for that during the upcoming season.

On Wednesday, University of Memphis president David Rudd announced that the Tigers have planned a ceremony to honor Calipari in December. UMass, the school that gave Calipari his first head coaching job, announced earlier this year that it will retire a jersey for Calipari. The Kentucky coach thanked both schools on Twitter.

But not everyone appreciates what Calipari did for their team. More than a handful of Memphis fans are outraged that Calipari is going to be honored after the infamous Derrick Rose scandal that resulted in a vacated 2007-2008 season, including a Final Four appearance. Rudd said he is listening to all the feedback.

It would be hard to imagine Memphis pulling back on its offer, but the last thing the school needs is Calipari getting booed during what is supposed to be an uplifting ceremony. Blunders like this one showed us that it took Memphis a while to get over Calipari, but a good portion of the Tigers fan base holds harsh feelings toward him.

H/T Eye on College Basketball


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