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Memphis fans are pretty salty about Calipari being honored

Yesterday, University of Memphis president David Rudd announced the school’s plans to honor former coach John Calipari this December. Predictably, many Memphis fans were very unhappy with the decision, taking to Twitter to air their grievances.

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Ouch, bitter much? That’s just a small sampling. Of course, it couldn’t have been easy to see Calipari take off for Kentucky with DeMarcus Cousins, a former Memphis commit, and John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, two Memphis targets that eventually chose the Cats over the Tigers. Add in the fact that he left in the middle of an NCAA investigation and you can see why resentment simmered over the years. It must suck to be on the other side, especially when Cal has taken UK to four Final Fours in six years and can land practically any recruit he wants, including Skal Labissiere, longtime thought to be Memphis-bound. As Cal put it earlier this week, “Kentucky changed everything.”

So it’s not surprising when some in the Memphis media still have an ax to grind. Last night, The Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins penned a column entitled “Honoring Calipari is a miserable idea.” Here’s an excerpt:

Now Memphis wants to bring him back to the little table? Have a big wing-ding on his behalf?

Oh, and by the way, this wing-ding is scheduled to take place in late December, at which point the Memphis basketball team may be struggling, and Kentucky and Labissiere may well be rolling along at No. 1.

Yay for the guy who hid his NCAA dirt until he could get the Kentucky gig! Yay for whatever he may have done to win over Skal and Gerald Hamilton!

It goes on and on like that. I won’t link it, so you can find it if you want. Thankfully, most Memphis fans approve of honoring Calipari, or, at least the 68% who voted in the Commercial Appeal’s poll do: Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 7.58.34 AM

Hopefully, that 68% will drown out the 32% on December 29.

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25 Comments for Memphis fans are pretty salty about Calipari being honored



  1. KevinM
    10:14 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

    Not one Memphis fan was unhappy with him while he was the coach.

    Now they aren’t satisfied with how things ended, but was he liable for the actions of Derrick Rose?



    • ukjaybrat
      10:39 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

      They’re just pissed he left and took their potential success with him. Rather than be happy for a former coach, they’d rather just wish he was miserable with them. If they continued on an upward momentum of success after he left, they would have nothing but praise for him for starting them on their journey to today. alas, they suck and are miserable. sucks being those fans.



    • Grateful Alumnus
      12:20 am September 11, 2015 Permalink

      It’s fascinating to hear UK “fans” complaining about Memphis fans treating Calipari the exact same way they treat Rick Pitino. Maybe this will ease some of the absurd Pitino hatred that, sadly, appears so often on this site. True fans will never forget the Dark Years, and how Rick led us out of them so magnificently.



  2. Andrew
    10:16 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

    Memphis fans must have a short term memory – do they forget that their 1985 Final Four appearance was vacated? Why aren’t they screaming about that and Dana Kirk?



    • ukcats42301
      1:42 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

      Because Dana Kirk is dead now.



  3. I Love It
    10:40 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

    “@IndyCarBamaFan”

    Hahahahahaha, that handle just screams “you should respect my opinion”.



  4. CatsBy80
    10:40 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

    memphis fans are just upset that they have fallen back to mediocrity. if they were still winning games, this wouldn’t be an issue… besides, you can’t blame Cal for leaving Memphis for UK. That would be like Stoops leaving for Bama or Ohio State… There are just some programs that are above all others… UK just happens to be one of those in basketball.



  5. RICK
    10:43 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t blame them, he left and went to Ky.,maybe not a big rival but every one hates Ky and Duke because they are so good. I don’t like Pitino and look what he did for us.



    • CatsBy80
      10:51 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

      Pitino went to our absolute arch rival. Big difference. People were upset that Pitino left for the NBA, but we understood it because it was the Celtics… But to make a return and go to your former team’s arch rival was a huge slap in the face. THAT is why fans hate him.



    • Megan
      1:02 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

      CatsBy80 nails it.



    • ukcats42301
      1:50 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

      Catsby80 good post. MRS. T I love her but she would be the first to voice disapproval if UK tried to do something like this for Pitino. UK fans would be the salty ones then. I lived in Memphis for 20 years and I never could understand Tiger bball fans who consider Memphis (State) a top tier program, who only had 2 final fours before Cal. AMAZING!



  6. Dude
    10:48 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

    “Oh, and by the way, this wing-ding is scheduled to take place in late December, at which point the Memphis basketball team may be struggling, and Kentucky and Labissiere may well be rolling along at No. 1.”

    That says all you need to know right there…..



  7. BenHur
    11:09 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

    Cal was the only good thing happen to/in Memphis in 40 years. That place is the sweaty poop chute of the United States.



    • Ed Zachary
      2:20 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

      Nailed it



  8. Kyle
    1:00 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    This is all you need to know …

    Memphis The 6 Years Before Calipari
    107-76
    2 NCAA Tournaments
    1 Sweet 16
    2 NITs
    2 years without postseason

    Memphis With Calipari
    252-69 (including 137-14 the last 4 years)
    6 NCAA Tournament
    1 NCAA Runner-up
    2 Elite 8’s
    1 Sweet 16
    3 NIT’s (1 Championship, 2 Final Fours)

    Memphis The 6 Years After Calipari
    149-58
    4 NCAA Tournaments (2-4 record)
    1 NIT
    1 year without postseason



  9. Megan
    1:06 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    The vocal minority is getting all the press. No wonder we think the world is against us.



  10. mapcatfan
    1:11 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    Tyler, I too can somewhat understand the hurt when he left and took the recruiting class with him. But even if they hadn’t followed him to UK, almost assuredly they wouldn’t have gone to Memphis. Cal was the draw, not the school.

    My main beef is that some are now playing the “cheating” card. Really? I’d guess some of these are the same people that stood outside Cal’s house, begging him to stay. They know what happened with D. Rose and the NCAA.



  11. Rixter
    1:53 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    If you want to know how Memphis felt about Calipari, look back to how devastated that city was when he left for Kentucky. The grapes have apparently become sour over the years.



  12. Roofus Howls
    2:16 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    I’m running the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis the first Saturday in December. I run every race in at least UK shorts. Since Memphis loves Cal so much, I’ll wear additional UK gear just to make sure that I get as much love from the spectators as possible. Boos will fuel me when I get tired.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:34 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

      Ha! I hope by “additional gear” you mean something made from Kevlar. Just being in that city would make me run a lot faster.



  13. spookykim
    2:19 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t remember us throwing a party for Benedict Pitino when he went into the Hall of Fame. Just sayin’ people.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:30 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

      And I don’t remember Cal ever showing anything but class toward the Memphis program since he left there. UK and UM fans hate their Italian former coaches for much different reasons, which should be obvious to even a casual observer.



  14. UKfaninLou
    2:25 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    Sad thing is that Coach and Mrs. Cal are still pouring $$ into that godforsaken city and Brad still speaks of it as home. Go Cats!



  15. ZombieLibrarian
    2:49 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    If you can be as successful at something as John Calipari is and you can get your supporter/hater ratio from a past job at those kinds of numbers then you are doing something right.



  16. L'villecatfan
    2:50 pm September 10, 2015 Permalink

    It really is amazing how much people hate John Calipari. What’s even more amazing is how much people (the media) looooooove D. Rose. That’s why Coach is so great he would never throw Rose or Camby under the bus he just takes all the heat and is fine with it. That’s players first. He puts his players first even when it tarnishes his own image and in his mind there is no other way. He could easily place blame on those guys but not once has he done that.