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|Kentucky coach John Calipari waves to fans after receiving the game ball for his 500th win against Florida on Feb. 26 at Rupp Arena|
More than once in his five-page letter, Thomas wrote of how UK's handling of Calipari's victory total was "troubling," "extremely troubling" and "very troubling" to the Committee on Infractions. If UK did not agree, Thomas said school officials would be asked to make an in-person appearance before the committee.
[UK compliance director Sandy] Bell wrote Todd on April 5 that the response from Gary Johnson, the person who heads men's basketball statistics for the NCAA, was: "You can say he has 1,000 wins if you want. But if you want to agree with what his official record is, then you have to account for those vacates."
Bell said UK interpreted that to mean it could recognize 500 or more victories as long as it "accounted" for the vacates. Thomas disagreed. "Recognizing Mr. Calipari for a fictitious 500th win does not properly 'account' for the vacation of wins," he wrote Todd.