John Calipari tweets of intention to retire with Kentucky
It is without question that University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is one of the best coaches in college basketball — perhaps even basketball in general.
The 60-year-old coach recently released a statement that would make any Wildcats supporter smile from ear to ear. According to Calipari himself, he absolutely loves his job as well as the school, and has every intention to stay on as the team’s head coach until he eventually calls it a career:
Before I go to bed, let me just say this: I’m coaching at the Univ. of Kentucky. In my opinion, there is no better job in the world to coach basketball. My plan and my desire is to retire at Kentucky. I think the university feels the same as I do and we’ve talked openly about it.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 21, 2019
To be clear, Calipari is not going to be retiring anytime soon (or so we think). This is just his way of showcasing his loyalty to the school and its program, as well as, perhaps, an underlying motivational tactic for his boys as they take on the 15th-seeded Abilene Christian squad in the opening round of NCAA’s March Madness on Friday.
Calipari’s statement comes in the wake of rumors suggesting that he was in talks with UCLA to take the head coaching position for the university. This pretty much nips that emerging narrative in the bud altogether, and it also answers the inevitable questions that come every year about a potential jump to the NBA.
Calipari has been at the helm at Kentucky for a decade now, and he has bagged the NCAA championship for the team once, back in 2012. He then had the likes of Anthony Davis and Micheal-Kidd Gilchrist at his disposal, as they set out on one of the most historic championship runs in college basketball.
Other notable NBA names who have had the privilege to play under Calipari’s tutelage in Kentucky include John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Enes Kanter, and Julius Randle, to name a few.