John Calipari is Bluegrass Bound

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 05:  Head coach John Calipari of the Memphis Tigers reacts while taking on the UCLA Bruins during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Men's Final Four at the Alamodome on April 5, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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.

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.