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Kentucky offers John Calipari a lifetime contract to hold off UCLA

Kentucky is looking to lock-down Coach Cal for life

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UK and John Calipari have agreed to the lifetime contract.

The Kentucky Wildcats are trying to lock down their head man in charge, John Calipari, with a lifetime contract, according to Seth Davis of The Athletic.

The new contract would include a 10-year term as coach plus a promise to serve as a paid ambassador for the school after his retirement. Calipari’s current contract runs through 2024, after an extension in 2017.”

There were rumblings before the first NCAA tournament game for the Wildcats that Calipari and the UCLA Bruins were having serious conversations about the head coaching vacancy, but Cal quickly shut those down when the Big Blue Nation started worrying.

Kentucky wanted to make sure that UCLA had no chance of a counter-offer with this lifetime deal being placed on the table, and making sure that Cal spends the rest of his coaching career in Lexington.

It appears that UCLA was still making a charge for Calipari despite Cal’s, and the administrations, wishes to stay head coach at Kentucky until he retires.

This also comes out the week that Calipari is looking to begin the round up to his recruiting class for the 2019 season by hosting Bucknell Bison forward Nate Sestina for a visit.

Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney also had some input about the lifetime contract: