Wednesday, April 1, 2009


After over a day of deliberation, John Calipari is headed to Kentucky. The coach sent a text message Tuesday evening saying, "I am accepting the UK job! Go Big Blue, coach Cal."
Kentucky officials said that Calipari will receive an eight-year contract for $31.65 million plus incentives. Kentucky paid Memphis a $200,000 buyout. The exact details of the contract will be revealed at Wednesday's news conference introducing the coach. Earlier Tuesday, Calipari told a confidante that he was also receiving a $2.5 million signing bonus. The contract is the richest in college basketball. Calipari signed the Kentucky contract before he boarded a private plane to head to Lexington Tuesday evening. "Why did he wait so long?" said former Calipari assistant Bruiser Flint, the head coach at Drexel. "He said he didn't have to take the job. He's 50 years old. He felt good at Memphis. It was a good place for him. But at the end of the day, it's Kentucky." The school has scheduled a Wednesday news conference at 9:30 a.m. ET on campus to announce its new basketball coach.

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