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Memphis to honor former coach John Calipari

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Former University of Memphis basketball head coach and current Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be honored in Memphis on December 28.

Calipari is being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. To praise his achievements, Memphis will host a dinner in his honor.

U of M president David Rudd tweeted Wednesday:

"Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach Calipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. as the Tigers play Tulane. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming."

After many angry Memphis fans responded to the tweet with criticisms about how Calipari abruptly left the program, how he took recruits with him, and how his tenure was mired by NCAA violations, Rudd tweeted back saying he read all the responses and appreciated the passion.

Calipari spent nine season in Memphis and led the Tigers to the National Championship Game in 2008. Although all wins that season were later vacated because of NCAA violations surrounding guard Derrick Rose. The official record books show the Tigers finished with an overall record of 0-1 for the 07-08 season.

Calipari coached one more year in Memphis before leaving for Kentucky, where he has been even more successful: winning a national title and reaching four Final Fours.

Before Memphis, Calipari coached at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The NCAA vacated his last season there (1996) when evidence surfaced that a player accepted money and gifts from an agent.

Memphis, Amherst, and Kentucky will all host events on the weekend of December 28-29 in honor of Calipari.

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