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John Calipari opens up about how much longer he’ll coach Kentucky Basketball

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It seems John Calipari may be changing his tune on this issue.

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The newest edition of John Calipari’s weekly “The Mailbag” video was just released on He was asked about the possibility of continuing to coach the Kentucky Wildcats after age 60, which he previously claimed was unlikely.

“I never thought I’d coach past 60,” Calipari said. “I thought 60 would be the drop date that I would say, ‘you know what, I had a good run.’”

Coach Cal will turn 59 on February 10th, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. He is still recruiting and signing the best players and coaching at the highest level. He also continues to innovate in the way he trains and markets his players. So is he really considering hanging it up in the next two years?

“Probably now being it took me 20 years to get a job like Kentucky, so I may stay a little bit longer. At age 60, I would have been here 10 years. So I may want to do this longer.”

This has to be music to the ears of everyone in Big Blue Nation, as I doubt anyone in the fan base is ready for Calipari to move on from the program. But it may be that they have someone else they need to thank for his continued employment.

“I’ve got Brad here,” Coach Cal said. ”I may want to coach him.” He went on to talk about how hard of a worker Brad is, citing the monitors that players use during workouts to track their effort.

And as always, Calipari put his focus back on the players.

“As long as I’m healthy and I’m running down hill and we’re doing good for players, I will feel good about what I do,” he said. “I will never sit in this seat and cheat the position.”

There you have it. We have around 14 months before we find out how serious he is about sticking around. How long do you see Calipari coaching at Kentucky?