7 YEARS LATER IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY PART II

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7  YEARS LATER IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY PT II

By:- Gary Norris Gray-BASN- Staff Reporter

HERE IS WHAT L.A. Batchelor wrote seven years ago. Not much has changed

The Devil and his bride are finally together
Calipari and Kentucky: A match made in hoops hell

by L.A. Batchelor, labatchelor@blackathlete.com 
POSTED: Apr 4, 2009   univ of ky

NORTH CAROLINA – On Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, Lucifer and his bride consummated their marriage to the sum of a eight-year, $35 million deal.

That’s right, the University of Kentucky signed former UMass and Memphis men’s basketball coach John Calipari to a long term marriage to lead their basketball program back to basketball royalty.

Calipari brings a legacy of Final Four appearances to a program that hasn’t made to that kind of prominence in well over a decade. But he also brings elements of lies, deceit, recruiting violations, a poor graduation rate of students, arrogance and anger among his peers.

This actually works for Kentucky because of their history of racism, exclusion and elitism. I guess you can say this is a match made in…………………….HELL!

Those at ESPN (Which stands for the Evil Sports Prick Network) like Dick Vitale, Digger Phelps and others would lead you to believe the hiring of Calipari is “The Best Fit” for Kentucky.

For me, the question is what does “The Best Fit” actually mean?

If it means Kentucky wants a coach with one of the lowest student basketball athlete graduation percentages in the country, then he is the best man for the job.

If it means Kentucky wants a coach who only recruits players who have great athletic ability, but poor academic ability, sign him up.

If it means Kentucky wants a coach who will make promises of success but leave the program before the high expectations are finished while also leaving the program filled with scandal, animosity, player departure and transfers, he’s the guy.

If these are the attributes Kentucky seeks, THEN JOHN CALIPARI WAS CLEARLY THE BEST CANDIDATE TO BE THE NEXT WILDCAT MEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH.

Let’s take a look at Calipari’s college basketball career and trail of NCAA violations:

UMass: The Minute Men rose to prominence during the 1995-96 season when they were ranked No. 1 and made a run to the Final Four only to see it tarnished after it was reported that Marcus Camby took $40,000 from an agent.

It led to Calipari’s quick exit out of UMass to the south to take on another program with a history of scandal — Memphis (formerly known as Memphis State), who had their own scandal and violations back in 1985.

The Tigers’ basketball program turned in paperwork Thursday to report a possible minor NCAA violation after learning that Dave Bronczek, the president/CEO of FedEx and a prominent Tiger booster, placed a phone call to an employee whose son was being recruited by the school.

Though a FedEx spokesman said the call was “congratulatory” in nature and Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson characterized it as an “innocent mistake,” boosters are prohibited by the NCAA from having contact with recruits or their parents.

Calipari said he had no knowledge that Bronczek was planning on making the phone call. Yeah ok. I guess he had no knowledge of Marcus Camby taking $40,000 from an agent too.

Now, he goes to a school with a pedigree of racial discrimination, hate, violations, and scandal. A school that has a past of inequality and injustice that represents a state that supported the very same practice.

That’s ok for Calipari. He is like the medicine man going city to city with tap water, pretending to heal the sick only for the citizens to find out he or she was a fraud after he moved on to another city filled with more suckers.

He is the attractive man or woman you meet and fall in love with, only to find out the time you spent with them that felt so magical, was actually a one night stand or a short term feeling of passion…..on their part.

He cares about his success, his family and his money at the detriment of the black athlete that cares about the same things but is prohibited from those things unless he eventually left college to “play for pay”.

So if you are a school/university that wants the “quick fix”, the glits, glamour, the marquee name and a coach that cares more about kids with a basketball in their hands rather than a book, then Calipari, or other coaches like him are the best qualified for you which is very evident the Wildcats when making this shady person their leader of men.

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The NCAA investigated allegations that a player on the 2007–08 University of Memphis team committed “knowing fraudulence or misconduct in connection with his entrance examination” and had an unknown individual complete his SAT examination. The NCAA informed Calipari in a letter that he was not considered “at risk” in this investigation.

The player was subsequently identified as Derrick Rose. Subsequently, allegations surfaced that Rose’s brother, Reggie, had been allowed to travel to Tiger road games for free.

On August 20, 2009, the NCAA ruled that Rose was ineligible and forced Memphis to vacate the entire 2007–08 season, including the NCAA Tournament and its standing as runner-up. It took the line that because Rose’s SAT score had been voided by the ETS Educational Testing Service which administers the SAT, strick liability required that Rose be ruled ineligible even though Memphis officials hadn’t known at the time that Rose was ineligible. The committee also determined that even without the questions about his SAT score, Rose would have lost his eligibility in December 2007 due to his brother being allowed to travel with the team for free.

On October 7, 2011, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported that on May 28, 2010, John Calipari, Derrick Rose, and University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson reached a $100,000 out of court settlement  with three attorneys who represented Memphis season ticket holders and threatened a lawsuit over the vacated 2007–08 season. Also as part of the settlement, Calipari donated his near-$232,000 bonus  to the Memphis scholarship fund.

Get ready folks it happened again in 2012. The University of Kentucky generated another NCAA investigation of improper benefits to Freshman Nerlens Noel and Mr.  Calipari could have cared less as the program moved on to try to win their second national title under Mr. Slick.

END OF PART II

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com

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P.S. before you start writing hate mail you better read the articles “FROM KENTUCKY WITH LOVE”

Special thanks to L.A. Batchelor

www. huffingtonpost.com

www.ncaa.com

www. Courier-journal.com and Adam Himmelsbach

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