The wait is over for Wildcat fans as Ex-Memphis head coach John Calipari has agreed to an 8-year contract worth approximately $31.65 million. Kentucky will also pay $200,000 to buyout Calipari. Kentucky, after failing to make the NCAA Tournament, quickly bounced former coach Billy Gillispie. Seeing the good success of Minnesota and former coach Tubby Smith, Kentucky had to react with a "sure thing." Calipari, a coach who has had success everywhere he goes seems to be a "sure thing." With the reputation of Kentucky Basketball on the line, the Wildcats became desperate. Calipari knew Kentucky wanted him and he made sure he cashed in.
John Calipari should restore the fire back into Rupp Arena and he can start with his skill of recruiting. Calipari will have to battle for recruits along with his rival, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. With the experience and conference in favor of Pitino, Calipari better work fast because that state may not be big enough for the both of them.
Now that the Kentucky position is filled, the sports world can exhale. Or can they? Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky leaving a vacancy in Memphis. The cycle will continue again. My favorite candidate for the job is Missouri coach Mike Anderson. I figure if you can't beat him, hire him. Memphis is known for having very athletic men who have loads of speed and potential. Mike Anderson will use their speed and potential with his signature pressing defense and cause total mayhem for opposing teams. Who knows, come next March maybe we will see a Memphis, Kentucky championship game.
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