memphis dominated C-USA for several years after the other power teams bolted. Them Calipari was brought in, only to be caught cheating in recruiting. The conference championships and tournament championships should be vacated and the NCAA should finally nail le tigres with a massive penalty for using a coach known to skirt the line as close as possible in recruiting, when he was not actually violating it. Without the recruits gained by cheating, Memphisís current ranking and record is just a few points from being a joke. They lost to Tulsa, a loss than should have been rated a bad loss. They almost lost to pathetic Rice, winning by one. Just barely beat UCF which was graded a quality win! Lost to Utep. Lost to East Carolina, a team Tulsa blew away on 2.16 by about 20. Again, not ranked as a bad loss. While still the studs of the league, Memphis without Calipariís cheating is primed to lose. With the tournament at UTEP this year, donít be surprised to see an early exit by Memphis. Without its cheating, one wonders how the team feels to be mortal. And their mortality is catching up to them. If they make the NCAA I predict an early exit, probably after one game. And Calipari should be banned from coaching Kentucky or anyone else. Send him to Coastal Carolina where Buzz Peterson, the all-time betrayer of Tulsaís excellent program in 2001, left for Tennessee in the middle of recruiting, resulting in the coach who followed him being fired in two years and in his replacement, Doug Wojcik, an excellent coach, has struggled for six years against the cheating of Memphis and the loss of an entire recruiting class when Peterson fracked Tulsa after winning the NIT following Bill Selfís coaching wonder of taking Tulsa to within a few points against North Carolina and a berth in the Final Four. Peterson, with the same players, canít get to the NCAA the next year but does win the NIT, then destroys the program by bolting for Tennessee, which put up with him a few years before firing him and letting Coastal Carolina inherit a coach with no loyalty or ethics except to himself. On the other hand, Wojcik has managed to restore Tulsa to shouting distance of its former prestige. The losses this year have been by one to three points. The weakness of the conference, especially when dominated by a school that cheats, hurts when teams are chosen to go to the NCAA. But Tulsaís schedule this year is very tough, the strongest in the conference. And TU beat Memphis but lost to San Diego State, whose RPI is 3rd in the nation, I believe, at their own tournament. The quiet Tulsa crowd needs to come back to the seats, pretend it has a basketball spirit like a major power such as KU, and watch Justin Hurrt fire 25 foot three pointers to tie a game Tulsa led most of the way until missing almost 50% of its free throws. But the overtime let the team recall how it opened a 15-0 lead to begin, and it dominated overtime. The season has had some losses, but nearly every game, win or lose, has been decided by three points or less, with only a few lost by more. Losing one NBA player and one to Europe is quite a blow, in addition to losing your point guard to another knee injury. The brilliant move of letting Pope run the point has given him back the life that made him the Tulsa World Player of the Year when we recruited him. And the potential of Clarkson seems limitless. Richard keys the defense that often limits teams to shooting percentages in the low thirties. And Idletís post play defensively and offensively is greatly improved not playing in Jordanís shadow. All the elements from Haralson to Maigley to Tim Peete are there when the team plays solid defense and the shooters can establish Idlet inside then go to work with their jumpers. Each loss kills me like it does Wojcik and the players, but I believe with some luck we could win the conference tournament and make an NCAA run, if the seeding committee doesnít make us run the gauntlet we had to in 2000 with a 29-5 record but given a seventh seed, one of the worst. It would be nice to have referees who have done games beyond the junior high level, but that doesnít seem to be our fate. No matter, the team adjusts to the bizarre calls and is usually in a position to win. The team and the coach deserve a crowd on its feet screaming the entire gameónot the seat warmers closest to the floor who are too old to stand or yell. The marketing staff needs to remember in our last few games how well letting the crowd above the rain fill in the lower level at the twelve minute mark of the first half worked last year. Those of us who sit high but yell constant encouragement need to be where the players can see us and the opponent can hear and be intimidated. Start this back up and try to actually have a home court advantage. We won the CBE because the crowd in the lower level was from the dedicated upper section-dwellers who stood in line to get the better seats. Players enjoy having spectators who recognize their defensive efforts and offensive plays. They do not like and probably do not understand how TU has priced the lower section so that only corporations, law firms, and the Tulsa wealthy can get close to the action. This has rambled from Memphis being a perennial cheater to the brighter side of our record and the potential in the future, but I hope there are those who agree with me and who will join me in expressing similar sentiments to the lame staff that plans how to put the crowd to sleep each game rather than rouse it to a house of pain for the opponent. Good job this year Doug; Justin we will never forget you and how you took on the role of team leader and game winner; juniors and other lower classmates, keep playing hard, buy the system and believe this year and next you will be exacting revenge for the close losses and the games stolen by referees. Anyway, Go TU. Some of us still believe, and always will.