Kentucky has offered coach John Calipari essentially a lifetime contract to fend off interest from UCLA, multiple outlets reported Monday.
The deal with Kentucky would include a 10-year extension as head coach, followed by a role as a paid ambassador for the program upon his retirement, according to The Athletic and ESPN.
After receiving permission to talk to Calipari about its vacancy, UCLA offered a deal worth $48 million over six years. Calipari reportedly responded that he wasn’t interested in leaving the Wildcats.
Kentucky apparently wants to make sure he never leaves Lexington for another job.
Calipari, 60, is already the highest-paid basketball coach in the country, making $9.2 million this year according to the USA Today Sports database. He signed an extension in 2017 that runs through 2024.
Calipari has a 305-71 record since taking over at Kentucky in 2009, leading the Wildcats to Final Fours in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and to the NCAA championship in 2012. Kentucky’s 2018-19 season ended with a loss to Auburn in the Elite Eight on Sunday.
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