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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The front page of Wednesday's edition of 'The Daily Helmsman,' the independent student newspaper at the University of Memphis, received attention all over campus.

The headline reads, "John Calipari...Now Officially Dead to Memphis."

Sports editor Joseph Russell said interpretation of the headline is in the eye of the beholder.

"We talk about Elvis...John Calipari was the king of Memphis," he said.

Russell said a lot of thought went into Wednesday's headline.

"There were a lot of letters to the editor we got," Russell said. "We heard a lot of student feedback. Of course, you can't speak for everybody."

"We just put out what we thought the general feeling was."

Russell said readers could interpret the headline from the independent student newspaper as a dig at Calipari or the death of an era.

"We're already had feedback," he said. "Some people are angry, some people agree."
Calipari himself commented about the headline at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

"I've just had a great relationship from our students and I imagine they're hurt from that and I accept that," he said. "I hope that they know that everything I did here was try to make it a better situation for the students."
Calipari added, it's never a good time to leave.
"He did what he had to do, but I can understand some people not agreeing with that," Russell said.

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