Calipari, who was wooed by N.C. State among others, now has his last two trips to the Final Four voided.
The NCAA announced Thursday that Calipari’s Memphis team will have to forfeit all of its 38 wins and its appearance in the NCAA championship game in 2007-08. Memphis was found to have given approximately $1,713.85 in impermissible travel benefits to the brother of a player and to have had an ineligible player on the team we won’t name here (Derrick Rose).
The NCAA did not consider any allegations against Calipari and made no finding against him personally. Paul Dee, the former Miami athletics director who chairs the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, said Calipari was helpful and responsive when he appeared before the committee.
The only effect this case will have on Calipari is to expunge the wins and Final Four appearance from his record that season. So now Calipari has Final Four trips vacated in 2008 with Memphis and 1996 with Massachusetts.
Except for bad publicity and losing yet another trip to the final four – Calipari’s 1996 Umass team has already forfeited a Final Four appearance – there doesn’t seem to be much direct impact on the Wildcat’s new head coach. Calipari has put together one of the best recruiting classes of all time.