Memphis president reverses course, says school won’t honor Calipari

Memphis won’t be honoring former coach John Calipari after all. (USATSI)

Memphis president Dr. David Rudd, 24 hours after announcing his school would honor former coach John Calipari this December, said Thursday there will be no celebration of Calipari at Memphis after all, which was an admitted response to a slew of criticism.

Here’s the letter Rudd posted on Twitter:

This ends an awkward 24 hours for Rudd, who was criticized by fans who remain bitter about how Calipari left for Kentucky in 2009 — specifically the way he seemed to extend the process so that he could recruit prospects already signed with Memphis, and how he left in the middle of an NCAA investigation that led to a vacated Final Four. And even though this is a reasonable conclusion to the saga, it’s still weird considering Calipari publicly thanked Memphis for the planned celebration late Wednesday, which means the relationship between Memphis and Calipari is likely now soured for good.

Calipari coached Memphis for nine seasons.

He’s about to start his seventh season at Kentucky.


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