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John Calipari confirms he has signed lifetime deal with Kentucky

John Calipari

John Calipari is the subject of NBA coaching rumors seemingly every offseason, and a report this week claimed he was being heavily recruited to leave the Wildcats to coach at UCLA. Those rumblings can all stop now.

On Monday, Calipari confirmed that he has agreed to a lifetime deal to remain at Kentucky. He said the new agreement has nothing to do with UCLA’s reported interest in hiring him.

Calipari has been at Kentucky since 2009 and taken the team to four Final Fours. He also led them to a national championship in 2012 and has won five SEC Championships. He’s one of the best recruiters in the country, so Kentucky probably told him to name his price.

It has seemed in the past like Calipari has parlayed interest from NBA teams into new deals at Kentucky, but the new contract should lead to far less speculation on that front going forward.


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