NCAA, Kentucky disagree on John Calipari's win total
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:
Earlier this month, the chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions sent University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. a letter asking the school to publicly acknowledge it was wrong to recognize John Calipari's 500th coaching victory this past season. Chairman Dennis E. Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, also told Todd that the wording of UK's statement "must be approved by the office of the Committee on Infractions prior to its release."
Thomas asked UK to respond to the letter no later than next Friday.
Spokesman Jay Blanton said Saturday that UK did not have a comment.
The letter marked the latest twist in a debate between UK and the NCAA about whether Calipari achieved his 500th coaching victory when Kentucky beat Florida in Rupp Arena on Feb. 26. When the game ended, UK presented Calipari with a game ball to recognize the supposed milestone. But questions immediately arose about whether the vacated victories at the universities of Massachusetts and Memphis earlier in Calipari's career should be subtracted from his total.
According to NCAA official statistics, the answer is yes. Calipari's victory total reached 458 that day and he finished the season with 467. That reflects the four NCAA Tournament victories his UMass team vacated in 1996 because star Marcus Camby received improper benefits from an agent and the 38 victories his Memphis team vacated in the 2007-08 season because star Derrick Rose was ineligible. A testing service invalidated his qualifying entrance exam score.