LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari
says he's disappointed by the NCAA's decision to strip Memphis of
its 2008 Final Four appearance for using an ineligible player.
Calipari, who coached the Tigers to a 38-2 record during the
2007-08 season and was named head coach at Kentucky this spring,
said in a statement he'll support Memphis while it appeals the
"I'm very disappointed and disheartened by the NCAA's findings.
"I fully support the University of Memphis' appeal and until
that process is carried through to its completion, I will have no
further comments on the matter.
"I am anxious to coach the team at the University of Kentucky
beginning this Fall."
Calipari said he'll have no further comment pending the appeal,
and is focused on coaching the Wildcats. The school released its
2009-10 schedule Thursday.
Calipari was not implicated in the NCAA report. Kentucky
president Lee Todd and athletic director Mitch Barnhart declined
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