March 1st, 2011 11:01 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: Final Four, Gary Johnson, NCAA, UK
John Calipari won his 500th game as a college head coach when Kentucky knocked off Florida on Saturday.
While Calipari has indeed left a college basketball court a winner on 500 occasions, not all of those wins still go on his resume. Gary Johnson, the head of Division I men’s basketball statistics has told The Lexington Herald-Leader that Coach Cal is actually 42 wins shy of 500 in the NCAA’s eyes.
Calipari’s final UMass squad was forced to vacate four postseason wins in the 1995-96 season (costing the Minutemen a Final Four appearance). The coach’s final Memphis squad was forced to vacate 38 victories from its 2007-2008 season (costing the Tigers a Final Four appearance).
Add it up and you get 42. Which means UK jumped the gun a bit when it presented Calipari with a gameball celebrating his 500th victory on Saturday.
But hang on to it, folks. It shouldn’t take too long for Calipari to record another 42 wins in Lexington.
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