It Takes Two Tango But Only One To Really Cheat

It Takes Two Tango But Only One To Really Cheat

Is it me but the furor over the Final Four just might not be as exhilarating as some think it to be between what’s deemed to be the marquee match-up between two prestigious programs in collegiate basketball. The Saturday evening prime time televised game between Jim Calhoun’s U Conn Huskies against John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats is deemed that the winner will be viewed as the presumptive favorite in the finals of NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship .

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On the opposite side of the draw in the Final Four we have VCU Rams playing the Butler Bull Dogs . The two teams here are if anything seen as the Cinderella stories of this tournament but given the fact that Brad Steven’s team is making their second consecutive Final Four appearance I’m inclined to believe that he will also make a repeat appearance in the Finals itself ! But that will however be predicated upon the defensive stealth of Shaka’ Smart’s Rams over the course of this game.

In what is being widely reported that by Foxsports and now picked up by ESPN that Bilal Batley a former assistant to coach Calipari while he was a coach at Memphis and at Kentucky made impermissible phone calls to potential recruits of both teams . When broached on the subject of this matter by the convened press in the team’s public interview Calipari declined to comment but only wanted to talk about his team’s upcoming game against the Huskies . Given John Calipari’s track record of failing to comply with the rules as it concerns the appropriate recruitment of players as it relates to being formally in contact with prospective recruits this only further muddies the waters as to the relevance of this game. And given that Calhoun this season has come under close scrutiny by the NCAA and his multiple violations for the same problem how can anyone view this game as a competitive match-up of two really deserving teams ?

Courtesy of USA Today

Report: Ex-Kentucky assistant violated NCAA rules regarding phone calls

By Tim Gardner , USA Today

Former Kentucky assistant coach Bilal Batley, who resigned from his post in 2009 after he was found to have violated NCAA rules by rebounding for a player during a workout, reportedly violated other NCAA rules as well.

According to a report published Friday by FoxSports.com, Batley also made numerous impermissible phone calls to recruits during his time at Memphis and Kentucky.

From the FoxSports.com report:

NCAA rules state that all telephone calls made to or received from a recruit, his parents, legal guardians or coaches must be made and received by a team’s head coach or three countable assistant coaches.

According to Memphis and Kentucky, Batley was not a countable coach at either school. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson declined comment to FOXSports.com on the alleged violations.

But Cousins, a Sacramento Kings rookie forward who played for Kentucky as a freshman last season and then left for the NBA draft, said Batley played a “big role” in him committing first to Memphis. He then followed Calipari to Kentucky shortly after the coach’s hiring in April 2009.

Cousins was the first major recruit that Calipari landed at Kentucky and helped re-establish the Wildcats’ recruiting reputation among the nation’s elite. He said he and his mother, Monique Cousins, talked to Batley on the telephone while he was at Memphis and Kentucky.

“We stayed in contact with him frequently,” DeMarcus Cousins told FOXSports.com.

Kentucky coach John Calipari would not offer comment to FoxSports.com when he was approached after his news conference at the Final Four on Friday.

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It seems that wherever Calipari has coached controversy always seems to follow and now on the cusp of what just might the most important of game his Wildcats’ career ugliness once again rears its head and the coach is again in the spotlight not for his team’s accomplishments but more for the coach’s actions and that of a member of his coaching staff . Now while it’s too early to say whether or not rules were violated with regard to recruits on this present Wildcats’ team .

One of the players the story says was a recipient of one of the calls made was former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins who now plays in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings . What might be even more troubling is that current league MVP leading candidate Derrick Rose’s —- college career was closely questioned because it was suspected that he hadn’t met entrance requirements and it was suspected that his SAT’s were in fact taken by someone other than Rose. And though the NCAA conducted their own investigation , nothing came to light concerning the matter. But Rose has refused to address the matter publicly and John Calipari has taken the same stance. However what became clear over the course of the investigation was a close associate of Calipari , Bilal Battley had been in contact with Rose prior to his recruitment to Memphis . Make of it what you will but with there being no apparent paper trail then there’s nothing to be found we’re told . But one only has to look at the improprieties that have come to light over the course of Calipari’s collegiate coaching career ? Need one say anymore on the matter ? And oh by the way , if you’re now prepared to take that the stance you’re innocent until proven guilty try making that case given the evidence that has continually come to the fore with regard to Calipari. Unfortunately however , it appears that when the NCAA conducts an investigation they tend to show the ineptitude only seen in the silent movie era when the Keystone Cops were all the rage . What might be even more insidious concerning this matter and each time Calipari has come under a cloud of suspicion ESPN’s college basketball analyst Dick Vitale has steadfastly come to the support of Calipari but surprise , surprise Jim Calhoun as well . As the saying goes …………..” birds of a feather flock together ” .

At the end of the day sports at the collegiate level has become more about greed and what not only the players are prepared to do but now it appears also the coaches and members of their coaching staffs. This isn’t meant to be a damning indictment of this tournament or in fact all programs but what we appear to be seeing are that some of the more marquee programs will now prepared to do when there’s a great deal at stake in terms of the financial windfall that comes with winning .

As I alluded to earlier this game between two of the more storied programs within D1 college basketball . There are budding future NBA stars on both teams but the one player I believe that everyone feels will be a unanimous first round potential number one pick in the upcoming NBA Draft has to be Kember Walker ! He’s been the marquee player of this tournament without a doubt . And though this team is littered with stars and their play throughout the season has been impressive to say the very least with there being an all round contribution from all members of this roster. And though Walker wasn’t lauded with the College Player of the Year Award with the accolade going to Jimmer Fredette of the Cougars I’m not so sure that beyond that choice there’s any justification to try and state that Fredette can be considered the best player in the nation at the college level.

What we do know is that John Calipari is a very good coach albeit that we will continue to question his methods as it relates to recruiting players and his distinct wish to hide behind what he believes are his right to privacy and to my mind self incrimination. In the cold light of day what I’d like to know is when the NCAA will actually have the courage to diligently investigate an allegation of impropriety by Calipari and a member of staff given the fact that repeatedly over the course of his career questions have arisen about his conduct in the recruitment of players either by himself or his subordinates. If the NCAA can’t be trusted to do what’s right when we have a case of a coach who over the course of his collegiate coaching career has brought two college programs UMass and Memphis placed under NCAA mandated academic suspensions for violation of recruitment rules and now quite possibly a third. What that says about how naive the NCAA has been and the fact that John Calipari remains unscathed by any of these allegations leads me to believe that the NCAA doesn’t either know how to conduct an investigation or they are complete buffoons !

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Tonight’s scheduled games held at Reliant Stadium in Houston , Texas where we’ll see the duo of games for the two remaining berths for the national championship . I for one hope that both games are thoroughly entertaining and competitive . As to who the two finalists will be that remains to be seen but one thing we know for sure is that a fairy new champion will be crowned at the culmination of what has been one of the better tournaments in recent years. What thoughts if any do you have on the NCAA Tournament and your own thoughts as to the latest allegations associated with John Calipari and a former assistant of his ? Do you believe that the coach knew of these allegations and that Batley acted on his orders ? And which teams do you feel will prevail in the end between the quartet of teams remaining ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on the topics raised within this piece .

Alan aka tophatal ……………………..

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(1) Jamie Skeen (21) of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams goes to the hoop against Matt Howard (54) of the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ………

(2) Darius Theus #10 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams draws contact against Matt Howard #54 of the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ….

(3) Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs shouts from the sidelines against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ……

(4) Head coach Shaka Smart of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams gestures from the sidelines against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ….

(5) Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun reacts during a practice for a men’s NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game Friday, April 1, 2011, in Houston. UConn plays Kentucky on Saturday.

(6) Kemba Walker (15) of the Connecticut Huskies points during practice prior to the 2011 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 1, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images …..

(7) Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats addresses the media after practice prior to the 2011 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 1, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images ……….

(8) This picture from 2009 shows Memphis coaching staff (left to right) John Robic – Assistant Coach, Josh Pastner – Assistant Coach, Bilal Batley (background) – Asst. Director of Operations/Mgr., John Calipari – Head Coach, Orlando Antigua – Assistant Coach, and Rod Strickland – Director of Basketball Operations on the bench against SMU at the FedExForum. Photo by Mark Weber ……………

(9) Bilal Batley a former assistant to John Calipari while he was a coach at Memphis and then at Kentucky before leaving the program . It has been Batley’s actions that have now come into question raising questions also once again about coach Calipari and his coaching staff and the lengths they’re prepared to go to in order to recruit a potential player for the Wildcats’ program. AP Photo / Mark Sanders …….

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The Look Good But How Will They Fare …..?

 

They¬†¬† Look¬† Good¬†¬†But¬† How¬† Will¬† They¬† Fare¬†…..¬† ?¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†They¬†¬†¬†

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in The  second  biggest  sporting  spectacle  behind  the  Superbowl in  terms  of its  audience as  a  viewed  event.   The  men’s NCAA Basketball  tournament  has  its   fans  as  well   as  its   detractors.   For  the   wives  and  girlfriends  whose  respective partners  will  become  glued to  their  television  sets   or   some other  means   in  order to  embrace   the  event.   I take  this  opportunity  to  wish  you  well  over the   coming   weeks.   For myself  I’ve  no  such   qualms.    My girlfriend   is  adrift   in  her  own  sea   of  fulfillment . 

 

John  Calipari  coach  of  the Memphis  men's  basketball  team  addresses members of  the  convened  press  in  Kansas City  , Missouri   prior  to  his  team  taking   on  Cal St  Northridge  in the  first round of  the  NCAA Tournament.
John Calipari coach of the Memphis men's basketball team addresses members of the convened press in Kansas City Missouri. Calipari's team will be taking on Cal State Northridge in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Richards ................

 

 

And¬† as¬† alluded¬† to¬† earlier in¬† this¬† piece¬† the¬† event¬† itself¬†¬†¬† is¬† prehaps¬† outside of¬† the Superbowl¬† the¬† most¬†¬† popular¬† sporting¬† event¬† in¬† country.¬†¬†¬† That¬† being¬† said¬†¬† one¬† the¬† reasons¬† behind¬† that¬† may¬† well¬† be¬† the¬† amount¬† of¬† money¬† that’s¬† wagered¬† on the¬† NCAA¬† tournament¬† itself.¬† Conservative¬† estimates¬† would¬†¬†put¬† it¬† in the¬† region¬† of¬† in between¬† $850m¬† and¬† $1.3bn¬† over the¬† course¬† of¬† the event.¬†¬† And¬† that’s¬† what¬† they¬† believe¬† to¬† be¬† the¬† legal¬†¬† gambling¬†¬† alone.¬†¬†¬† It’s¬† obvious¬† that¬†¬† were¬†¬† illegal¬†¬†¬† betting¬†¬† taken¬† into¬† account¬†.¬† Then¬†¬† that¬†¬† figure¬†¬† would¬†¬† be¬† immeasurably¬†¬† larger¬†¬† by¬†¬† at¬†¬† least¬†¬† three¬† of¬†¬† four¬† fold¬† the¬† estimates¬† given.¬†¬†Less¬† we¬† forget¬† what¬†¬† would¬† the¬†¬† tournament¬†¬† be¬† without¬†¬†¬† all¬† of¬† the¬† bracketologists¬†¬† out¬† there¬† ?¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† This¬† is¬† where¬† the¬† event¬† itself¬† becomes¬†¬† the¬† water¬†¬† cooler¬† topic¬†¬† of¬†¬† discussion¬†¬† amongst¬†¬† a¬† great¬† many¬†people¬†¬†across¬†¬† the¬† country¬† and¬†¬† in¬† particular¬†¬† in¬† the¬† work¬† place. Friendships¬† are¬†¬† either¬† cemented¬†¬† or¬† they¬† become¬†¬† frayed¬†¬† or¬†¬† fractured¬†¬† over¬† the¬† ensuing¬† weeks.¬†¬†¬† The¬†¬† point¬†¬† is¬† while¬†¬† much¬† of¬† this¬† is actually¬†¬† going¬†¬† on¬† the¬† only¬† ones¬†¬† who¬† are¬†¬† making¬†¬† money¬†¬† in the¬† midst¬†¬† of¬† this¬†all ¬†will¬†¬† be¬† the¬† guys¬†¬† in¬† Vegas.¬†¬† And¬† the¬† few¬† of¬† us¬† lucky¬†¬† enought¬† to¬†¬† have¬† actually¬†¬† picked¬† the¬† winner . ¬†I¬† think¬† it¬†¬† goes¬† without¬†¬† saying¬† that¬†¬†¬† they¬†¬† if¬†¬† anyone¬† will¬†¬†¬† win¬†¬† more¬† than¬†¬† they’ll¬†¬† lose¬†¬†¬† once¬† the¬† event¬†¬† is¬†¬† over.¬†¬† The¬† oddsmakers¬†¬† in¬† Vegas¬†¬† will¬†¬† be¬† reaping¬† the¬†¬† benefits¬†¬† of¬† this¬† all¬† !

 

 

 

President  Obam  get  on  with   filling   in  his  own  bracket  for  the  men's  NCAA tournament in  the  Oval Office.  Joining  him  in  the  discussion   was  ESPN's  Andy  Katz .  picture  appears  courtesy  of  espn.com/Pete  Souza  ...........
President Obama gets on with filling in his own bracket on the men's NCAA tournament. He's chosen the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the tournament outright. Joining him in the discussion in the Oval Office at the White House was ESPN's Andy Katz. I'd like to think that this wasn't the most pressing issue that the President had to deal with at the time. And at the same time is there no level to which ESPN will not sink to in order to obtain ratings ? picture appears courtesy of espn.com/Pete Souza ...............................

 

 

Much  has  been  made  as to  which   teams will  do  well and   which  will   falter  at  some point  during   the  tournament.   The fact of  the  matter   is  no  one  can   really  say  with  a  certainty   who   will   ultimately  do  well  and  who  won’t .   The  analysts   on  television  say  what  they’ll   deem to  be   the  right thing.  But  taking   their   word   for  it at present    is tantamount  to  taking  a  stock  pick   from the  likes of  CNBCs’ Jim Cramer.  And   last  I  looked  his  imploring     his   audience to   invest  their   money  in  AIG ,  was about  as   worthwhile  as  lighting  a  match  and  holding   it against  a  stick   of  dynamite  thinking that   nothing  would   happen.   Let’s  just  say  that  at this   juncture   Jim  Cramer   has  about  as  much   credibility  former  Treasury  Secretary  Hank  Paulson.  Another   who  implored   the  Congress that  spending  $700 billion of  public  money  would   stave off  the  uncertainty within  the  markets.

 

 

 

Robert  Dozier  of  Memphis  takes   questions  from  members  of  the  convened   press   during  the  team's  press conference  in Kansas City, Mo.   picture appears  courtesy  ap/photo/Orlin  Wagner  ...............
Ronert Dozier of Memphis takes questions from the press at the team's press conference in Kansas City, Mo,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Orlin Wagner ................

 

 

 

 I  say if  we’re   going  to  malign  these   guys  as  well   as the  sport’s  analysts  on television.  Then   we   ought to  do  it  with  a  great  deal  of   voracity.   I’m  sure    that   the  sound  bytes   coming   from  the  CBS  commentary   team  will  be  varied  , at times  insightful ,  self  opinionated ,  extreme  and  or at  times downright    ridiculous.  But   for the  die-hard   fans   out   there  above  all   it  will  be   about  the  excitement  and   cheering  on  their  team  or   teams  as the  case   may be.

 

 

Memphis  forward   Shawn Taggart embraces  Tulsa's  Justin Hurtt (15)  after the  Tigers' emphatic   win  of  the  Conference  USA  basketball  tournament title.
Memphis forward Shawn Taggart embraces Tulsa's Justin Hurtt(15) after the Tigers' emphatic victory over Tulsa (64-39) in the Conference USA championship title game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Marcus Steele ...............

 

 

 

 

 

 

It cannot   have  unnoticed   amongst  many   that   there  are   those   who   feel  that  the  hottest  team  coming   into  the  tournament   may   well   be Memphis.    And under  their  coach   John  Calipari  they   have  been  impressive  to say  the  very least.  The Memphis Tigers as  they’re  more  commonly   known   have   posted  a   31-3  overall   record . And   went   unbeaten   within their  own   conference  16-0 ,  Conference USA.  That being  said  one   shouldn’t  detract  from  the  accomplishment   no   matter  how   weak  the  conference is  perceived  as  being. The  fact is  they  played  who  that  had to  play  and   defeated who   they  had  to   defeat.  Now   one  can   complain   as  to  their     schedule  outside  of  the  conference  but  in   reality  what   we see  within   the  college  basketball  sphere  is   no  different   from  what   we  witness  within  college   football.  The  Little  Sisters  of Mercy   and   those  of  The  Immaculate   Conception  are   there  to be  lambs  to  the  slaughter.  Pad  those  stats  and then  that   record  does  indeed   look  all  the  more   impressive.

 

 

Wesley Witherspoon  of Memphis  drives  to  the  basket  as Tulsa's  Ray Reese and  Jerome  Jordan(23) looks on.
Memphis' Wesley Witherspoon drives to the basket as Tulsa's Ray Reese and Jerome Jordan (23) looks on . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Orlin Wagner ...............

 

 

 

 

What Calipari  has   achieved  with   his  team  this   season  should  make  him  a  candidate as   Coach  of the Year. Whether  or   not that  will  be   come  to  fruition  ,  we can  only  but  wait  to  see   what  the   adjudicators  will  think.  But  for  now  the  Tigers do   have  some  far  more   pressing   issues  ahead.  Their  roster  is  primarily  made  up   of  freshmen  and    juniors.    And    their   tandem  of  Tyreke  Evans  and  Robert  Dozier   have  led    the  way.   But to say  that   these   two    players  alone   are  the   sole  reason   for  the   team’s  success  would   be  to   deny   others  who’ve   made  a   large    contribution  to  the  team’s   overall  success  this  season.  Their   victory  over  Tulsa  in  their  conference   tournament   was about as  emphatic   a  win  as  one  could  ever wish  to  witness.   And  the  score   itself   64-39 does reflect  how   lopsided  it  all was.   To  say the  game   was  won  with   ease  would   be  an   understatement   in  the  very  least. 

 

Tulsa  coach  Doug  Wojcik  speaks  to  his players  after  the  loss  to Memphis   in  the  Conference  USA tournament   championship  title game .
Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik speaks to his players after the team's loss in the Conference USA tournament title championship game. The game was won by Memphis 64-39 ad was infact played Memphis , Tennessee. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Orlin Wagner ................

       

 

 

 

Now¬† comes¬† the¬†¬† tricky¬† part¬†¬†¬† for¬†¬† Memphis.¬† If they‚Äôre¬† to¬† justify¬† their¬†¬† seeding¬† as¬† a #2 seed¬† in¬† the¬† West¬† of the¬† first¬† round¬† of¬† the¬†¬† tournament.¬†¬†¬† They¬† can¬† ill¬† afford¬† a¬† slip¬† up¬† at this¬†¬† juncture.¬† Not¬†¬† here¬† and¬†¬† most¬† certainly¬†¬† not¬† now¬† !¬† Their¬†¬† first¬†¬†¬† round¬† opponent¬†¬† in the¬† tournament¬† will¬† be¬† Cal¬† State¬† Northridge¬† ¬† of¬† whose¬†¬†pedigree¬†¬† shall¬† we¬† say¬†¬† won’t¬† come¬† into¬†¬† question¬† should¬† they¬†¬† fall¬† at¬† the¬† hands¬† of¬† Memphis ?¬† However¬†¬† should the¬† unthinkable¬†¬† happen¬†¬† then¬†¬† there¬† may¬† well¬† be¬† a¬† great¬†¬† deal¬†¬† of¬† joy¬†¬†¬†on¬† the¬† campus¬† of¬† the¬† Matdors,¬† as¬† well¬† as¬†¬† across the¬†¬† state.¬† As¬† to¬† the¬† Tigers¬†,¬† failure¬†¬† here¬† and¬†¬† let’s¬†¬† just¬† say¬†¬†¬†what’d¬† been¬†¬†viewed¬† as¬†¬† a¬†¬†promising¬†¬† season¬†¬† all¬†¬† of¬† a¬† sudden¬†¬†just¬†¬†went¬†¬† up¬†¬† in¬†¬†flames.¬†¬† After¬†¬† last¬†¬† season’s¬†¬† heroics¬† ,¬† a chance¬†¬† to¬† acquit¬†¬† one’s¬† self¬†¬†¬† the¬† following¬†¬† year¬†¬†¬† doesn’t¬† often¬†¬† come¬†¬† around¬†¬† this¬†¬† quickly.¬†¬†¬†¬†

 

 

Wesley  Witherspoon  of  Memphis  dances  oncourt  after  the  Tigers'  triumph  over   Tulsa   in  the  Conference  USA  championship  title  game  played  in Memphis  ,  Tennessee.  picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo /   Mark  Humphrey  .................
Wesley Witherspoon of Memphis dances oncourt after the team's triumph over Tulsa (64-39) in the Conference USA championship title game played in Memphis , Tennessee . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark Humphrey ....................

 

 

 

Say what¬†¬† you¬† will¬† about¬†¬† Memphis¬† it¬†¬† will¬† be¬†¬† now¬†¬† or¬† never¬† at this¬†¬† juncture¬† for¬† the¬† team.¬† All¬†¬† the¬†¬† hype¬† and¬† hooplah¬†¬† concerning¬† their¬† successful¬† season¬†¬† thus¬† far.¬† In¬† the¬† end¬† it¬† will¬† be¬† all¬†¬† for¬†¬† nothing¬†¬† if¬† they’re¬† unable¬† to¬† acquit¬† themselves¬†¬† in¬† the¬† tournament.¬† As good¬†¬† as¬† they’ve¬†¬† been¬† they’re¬†¬† going¬† to¬† have¬†¬† to¬† perform¬†¬† a¬† great¬†¬† deal¬†¬†¬† better¬†¬† if¬† they’re¬†¬† to¬† win¬† it¬† all.¬†¬†¬†¬† So¬† let¬† the¬†¬† games¬†¬† begin¬†¬† and¬†¬† let¬† the¬† chips¬†¬† fall¬† where¬† they¬† may.¬† Memphis¬† it’s¬†¬† now¬† up¬†¬†¬† to¬†¬† you¬†¬† take¬† on and¬†¬† defeat¬†¬† whoever¬†¬† stands¬†¬† in¬† your¬† way.