John Calipari signs new contract with Kentucky

The Hall of Famer will have the option to coach at Kentucky for another ten years and possibly move into an administrative role. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- John Calipari signed the contract extension Thursday with Kentucky that had been discussed a couple of months ago. It allows him to stay at Kentucky until the end of his career and maybe even move into an administrative role.

It's a ten-year deal valued at $86 million over the lifetime of the contract. The base salary is $400,000 per season from the university. Calipari will make $8 million in total compensation over the next two seasons with increases starting in 2021-22 ($8.5 million per year for four seasons) and 2025-26 ($9 million per year for four seasons). 

There is no longer a retention bonus. Beginning with the sixth contract year, Calipari has the option to step down as the head coach and become special assistant to the athletics director/university representative. 

“I want to thank the university, Dr. Eli Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart and DeWayne Peevy for approaching me with the opportunity to finish my career at Kentucky,” said Calipari.  “I’ve said from day one that this would be the gold standard and it has been for student-athletes and coaches. As I enter my 11th year, I’m reminded it took me 20 years to get an opportunity to like this. There is no other place I want to be. As I look forward, my mindset is what’s next and how can we be first at it for the young people that we coach.”

The Hall of Famer is entering his 11th season as Kentucky head coach. He has a 305-71 record, second all-time at the school behind Adolph Rupp. He is the fourth fastest to reach 300 wins at one program in NCAA history.

“One of the truly unique things about Kentucky men’s basketball is its legacy of head coaches who have made their own lasting mark on this program. John is a perfect illustration of that,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “He has added a special chapter to the greatest tradition in college basketball and it’s a chapter we want him to continue writing until the end of his coaching career. We are pleased to announce a new contract that will enable him to do exactly that.”

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