The speculation is over, John Calipari will be a Kentucky Wildcat for life.
According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Kentucky has inked John Calipari to a ‘lifetime’ contract — ensuring he will finish his career in Lexington. This news comes shortly after Seth Davis of The Athletic reported Kentucky would top a potential offer from UCLA.
Kentucky official to ESPN: “We can confirm that the University of Kentucky has agreed to terms on a long-term contract with Coach Calipari to finish his career at Kentucky.”
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 1, 2019
Kentucky has made it clear Coach Cal is their coach and have no second thoughts. The deal comes just 24 hours after the Wildcats 77-71 loss to the Auburn Tigers in the elite 8. Calipari has compiled a 305-71 record while at Kentucky, with 708 wins total. Coach Cal has also taken small schools UMass and Memphis to Final Fours during his coaching career.
Despite being wrapped up in many controversies, Calipari’s dominance cannot be denied over his tenure. Coach Cal has famously pioneered the trend of the “one and done” where players spend one season in college and declare for the NBA Draft.
Despite losing in the elite 8, Kentucky will re-tool next year with a class that features Tyrese Maxey, Kahlil Whitney, and Keion Brooks. This class will feature explosive point guard play that Kentucky struggled with this season. Coach Cal will be locked and loaded for another run.