On Wednesday, the University of Memphis announced that it would honor former coach John Calipari, who is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night.
Calipari won 252 games in nine seasons at Memphis, and if not for missed free throws and a miracle shot by Mario Chalmers would have won the 2008 NCAA Tournament.*
*Although, that season’s 38 wins were vacated because of troubles with Derrick Rose’s test scores
In 2009, Calipari left for Kentucky and Memphis fans were not happy with the school’s plans.
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Well, the message was heard loud and clear by Memphis president M. David Rudd, who scuttled plans for the celebration, which was to be held Dec. 28-29.