A friend has launched a website that touts the “real” won-loss record of Kentucky Coach John Calipari.
Because of NCAA sanctions, Calipari’s official won-loss record does not include 42 vacated victories. Those excised victories reflect NCAA sanctions against Calipari-coached UMass in 1995-96 and Memphis in 2007-08. Calipari was not directly implicated in either case (involving Marcus Camby at UMass and Derrick Rose at Memphis).
So Calipari’s official record is 521-158 going into Kentucky’s game at Florida on Tuesday night. But the website, wwwCalipariRealRecord.com, lists the UK coach’s record as 563-160.
The site’s founder, former Stetson Coach Glenn Wilkes, said he was motivated by a sense of fairness.
“It was unfair for the NCAA to take away his actual wins for something he has not been convicted of,” Wilkes said. “. . . I just felt strongly it was wrong, and decided to do it.”
Wilkes noted that the NCAA did not vacate victories for Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski when it was discovered that Cory Magette took improper benefits prior to joining the Blue Devils.
Wilkes, 84, said he got permission from Calipari about three weeks ago before launching the site.
“He said he was glad for me to do it and he appreciated it,” Wilkes said.
Wilkes coached for Stetson from 1957 until 1993. He compiled a record of 551-436.
He said he once tried to hire Calipari when the future UK coach was a graduate assistant at Kansas. Calipari interviewed for the position, but then took an assistant coach’s job at Pittsburgh.