Calipari Takes The Job, All $35 Million Of It

April 1, 2009 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

On Monday, I said John Calipari would take the Kentucky job by the end of the week, I was a few days off.

On Tuesday, John Calipari accepted the Kentucky head coaching job for an eight-year contract worth $31.65 million plus incentives. is also reporting that Calipari told a confidante that he was also receiving a $2.5 million signing bonus. Can you say, PAID?

And the best part about this whole deal for Coach Cal is that his top-notch recruits will most likely follow. Xavier Henry and DeMarcus Cousins will likely head to Lexington to join Coach Cal and suit up in one of the most-respected jersies in all of college basketball.

I know I have written about my support of Coach Cal’s move, but I want to make something perfectly clear…

I have heard many people say that Coach Cal should stay in Memphis because that job is also very intriguing, he can win a ton of games each year, he doesn’t have the pressure that he would have at Kentucky, Memphis can pay him top-dollar, and there is always a possibility that Memphis can move to a more competetive conference, blah, blah, blah.

Everyone who believes the above stated ideas, please remember that John Calipari has dreams and goals in his life. Coach Cal is human just like you and I. Put yourself in Calipari’s shoes. Not in the unrealistic scenario of a successful college coach, but in the scenario of your current job/career. Maybe you’re the Director of Marketing for a pretty successful local business. But one day, a nationally known company offers you the COO job. Do you really need to think about it? Maybe you think about your family and putting your children in a new school, but you obviously want to better yourself and increase your pay. It’s the American Dream!

Great, Coach Cal wins 30 games a year in Memphis. But what if he wins 30 games a year at Kentucky? Are people then changing their stories? Coach Calipari deserves this job, and without all the heckling from people in the media (Mike Greenberg!).


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