INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky coach John Calipari has received enough votes to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.
An official announcment is expected soon.
Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan did not receive enough votes.
ESPN.com reported that Calipari received the minimum number of votes (18 of the possible 24) required for election. The development, coincidentally, comes less than 24 hours after Calipari’s Wildcats lost to Ryan’s Badgers in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Calipari’s election will receive mixed reviews because of the fact that the 56-year-old Clarion graduate has had two Final Four appearances vacated by the NCAA. On the other hand, he’s undeniably an iconic figure of the sport — one who has officially made four Final Fours, won a national championship, helped develop prospects into NBA All-Stars and led three different schools (UMass, Memphis, Kentucky) to No. 1 rankings in the AP poll.
Calipari also coached briefly in the NBA.
He’ll become the seventh active college basketball coach to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The others are Jim Boeheim, Larry Brown, Mike Krzyzewski, Chris Mullin (in Springfield for his playing exploits), Rick Pitino and Roy Williams.