So much for school pride.
Two boosters threatened to sue John Calpari, Derrick Rose, and Memphis athletic directer R.C. Johnson on behalf of ticket owners. Rose and Calipari both agreed to settle the case out of court before the suit was filed.
From Gary Parrish at CBSSport.com, discussing reports from the Commercial Appealin Memphis:
Nevermind that, according to university counsel Sheri Lipman, the complaint “had all sorts of holes in it." And nevermind that, according to common sense, any lawsuit would've almost certainly been dismissed. Calipari, Rose and Johnson still each opted to settle out of court. Calipari and Rose agreed to pay the attorneys a total of $100,000, and Calipari also agreed to donate the bonus he received for taking Memphis to the title game of the 2008 NCAA Tournament back to the school's Tiger Scholarship Fund. Johnson agreed to return the bonus he received that year, too.via Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted - CBSSports.com.
Rose continues to be a lightning rod for the discussion of student athletes, college amateurism, John Calipari's reputation, and oh, yes, the SAT's. It's just regrettable that a few bitter fans decided to punish Rose. He didn't make the system, neither did John Calipari. If we care that much, we should change it. But we don't care that much. We just care when it hurts us, like when Calipari jumps ship and doesn't wind up with the repercussions of his motives that Memphis fans were fine with provided he didn't get caught.
Why would you want to alienate Derrick Rose? He can have the same effect that John Wall will have for Kentucky, that Jared Sullinger will have for Ohio State. It's an opportunity to help recruiting. The kids that might wind up going to Memphis won't remember that the wins were yanked. They'll remember him playing for Memphis before he was an MVP. It's petty, and self-harmful. Pretty impressive to be both.