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Memphis President Says School Will Not Honor John Calipari, Apologizes For "Embarrassment"

Earlier this week, the University of Memphis announced it would be honoring former men's basketball coach John Calipari in late December. Calipari, who coached the Tigers from 2000-09, is getting inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this week. 

The Tigers honoring Calipari is something that will no longer be happening, though. 

This evening, University of Memphis President Dr. M. David Rudd announced Memphis will not honor Calipari. He apologized for the "embarrassment" and "genuine distress" created by the issue of honoring the former coach. 

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Memphis fans were quite upset when it was announced their school was set to honor Calipari, who had a successful but conflicted run with the Tigers. Memphis made the Final Four in 2008, but the appearance was vacated by the NCAA due to the Derrick Rose SAT scandal. 

Many Tigers' fans are still upset with Calipari, who now leads Kentucky, and his departure from the program.