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Memphis Set To Honor Former Basketball Coach John Calipari In Late December

John Calipari hanging out with Derrick Rose.

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This one might get a little bit awkward. This afternoon, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Russ announced that the school will be honoring former head basketball coach John Calipari this December. 

">@UKCoachCalipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming.

— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres)

Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach @UKCoachCalipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming.

— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres) September 9, 2015

">September 9, 2015

From 2001-2009, Calipari was extremely successful with the Tigers. The program went 252-69 under Calipari, reaching the Elite Eight three times and losing in the national championship in 2007-08. Of course, that season, in which the Tigers went 38-1, was vacated after the NCAA invalidated star guard Derrick Rose's SAT score. By the time the NCAA made its ruling, Calipari had already taken the job at Kentucky.

Calipari has a major hand in turning Memphis into a nationally relevant program, but his departure has definitely rubbed many Tigers fans the wrong way. We're very interested to see what type of reaction the fan base has in December.