Being a collegiate coach isn’t such a bad gig these days. Just a couple of days after Alabama inked Nick Saban to a contract extension that will keep him with the Tide until 2021, the Kentucky Wildcats signed John Calipari to an extension that will keep him in Lexington until 2020-21.
If you’re wondering why Calipari can thank Saban for his new record contract, it’s because he received a monster deal that will make him the highest-paid collegiate coach just days after Saban earned that distinction.
Although he has been the subject of many controversies over the years, Calipari is worth a record contract, however, this $50-plus million extension over seven years is just insane.
Calipari is pretty happy about his new deal:
W/continued support from our administration & the greatest, craziest fans in college bball, we’ve accomplished a lot in our 5 quick years…
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 5, 2014
When you post a 152-37 record including three Final Four appearances in five years with the Wildcats, you deserve to be the highest paid coach in college basketball. In fact, he will be making a ton of money that is almost too ridiculous for a college basketball coach:
Contract terms for John Calipari’s extension: pic.twitter.com/RSo0lfYsRK
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) June 5, 2014
Does he deserve all that cash? Well, I wouldn’t say Calipari is as good in college basketball as Saban is to college football, but Kentucky is all about basketball.
He can definitely thank Nick Saban for this. I even predicted after Saban’s contract that it would start a dangerous trend of high paid college coaches.
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