Today and in the near future, the Memphis Tigers will be singing the blues since coach John Calipari accepted the head coach position at the University of Kentucky.
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Calipari told Kentucky officials he needed to sleep on the possibility of leaving the Tigers, but decided to take the biggest contract in college basketball, a 8-year, 35-million-dollar contract. The contract includes a 2.5-million-dollar signing bonus.
Andy Katz reported Calipari sent him a text message Tuesday evening saying, "I am accepting the UK job! Go Big Blue, coach Cal."
He leaves Memphis after nine seasons where he turned the Tigers into a national power, including a national runner-up last season, losing to champion Kansas.
Calipari takes over for Billy Gillispie, who only coached for two seasons before being fired last week.