John Calipari had a fantastic run at Memphis, reaching the national title game in 2007-08 with a 38-2 record, and winning at least 33 games in each of his final four seasons with the Tigers. Things ended on a sour note, however. While he moved on to Kentucky, that national runner-up team had its wins vacated after the NCAA invalidated star guard Derrick Rose's SAT and ruled him ineligible. Calipari would be the school's winningest head coach if not for the vacated wins, but he is not beloved at his old school.
In an interesting twist, one of Calipari's Kentucky predecessors, Tubby Smith, is taking over the Memphis program. During his introductory press conference, Smith had a funny line about discussing the job with Calipari.
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Smith won a national title at UK in 1998, and has since taken struggling Minnesota and Texas Tech programs to the NCAA Tournament, something previous Memphis coach Josh Pastner failed to do in the last two seasons. Pastner took the job at Georgia Tech, and we imagine most Memphis fans are pretty content swapping him for Smith.