Calapari Leaves For Kentucky

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
John Calipari agrees to leave Memphis and the program he built and take on the challenge to become the head men

Memphis coach John Calipari yells at officials during the first half of a men's NCAA college basketball tournament regional semifinal against Missouri in Glendale, Ariz., Thursday, March 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

John Calipari agreed Tuesday to leave Memphis and the dominant program he built and take on the challenge -- and riches -- of returning Kentucky to college basketball glory.

Calipari will receive an eight-year, $35 million deal, making him the highest-paid coach in college basketball, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source. He will get a $2.5 million signing bonus and $3 million per year for the first four years. The next four years, Calipari will get an additional $1.5 million per year, increasing his salary to $4.5 million with incentives pushing it up to $35 million.

A person close to the negotiations, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because a contract hadn't been signed, told The Associated Press that Calipari was on his way to Lexington to finalize the agreement.


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