Kentucky locks in coach John Calipari with 7-year, $52.5M deal

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Lexington, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Kentucky locked in men’s basketball coach John Calipari to a seven-year deal worth $52.5 million guaranteed.

Calipari will receive a package of $6.5 million next season, $7 million in 2015-16, $7.25 million in 2016-17, $7.75 million in 2017-18, and $8 million each of the final three seasons.

“It has long been our goal over the last three to five years that Cal enjoy this as his final stop in coaching,” said athletic director Mitch Barnhart.

Calipari often has been rumored as a potential candidate for NBA head-coaching openings, but his new contract pays more than most pro coaches receive.

He led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and is coming off his third Final Four appearance in five years, the school’s sixteenth.

Besides building a 152-37 record at Kentucky, Calipari has established himself as a master recruiter in landing top-three freshman classes annually.

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