Well, everyone. John Calipari has officially accepted the coaching gig at Kentucky. And he will be paid handsomely.
Calipari will receive an eight-year, $35 million deal. He gets a $2.5 million signing bonus and $3 million per year for the first four years. In years five, six, seven and eight, Calipari will get an additional $1.5 million per year, so for the last four years of the contract his salary would be $4.5 million. Incentives push the deal up a few more million to get to the $35 million mark.The question now becomes who will follow Cal from Memphis to Kentucky. As we wrote earlier, DeMarcus Cousins, Nolan Dennis, and Xavier Henry, all recruits currently committed Memphis (Dennis and Henry are signed but will be released from their LOI's with Calipari leaving, Cousins is only committed), could easily follow Cal to Kentucky. Will John Wall end up in Lexington? Will Daniel Orton and Jon Hood both keep their commitment's to Kentucky?
Big Blue could be one of the best teams in the country next year.
Memphis, on the other end, could end up being decimated. Instead of landing what could have been the great recruiting class of all time, they may not get a single one of those five star recruits and may lose Tyreke Evans to the draft (in a addition to Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier). There have also been rumors that multiple Tigers could end up following Cal to Kentucky.
I hope Tiger fans enjoyed their run, because this may be the end of it.