John Calipari has now been the head coach at Kentucky for over nine years, and he’s currently under contract through 2024.
But how much does he have left in the tank after that?
“I’m wondering if I can do this until I’m 75 or 76. I don’t know,” he told Kentucky Sports Radio. “If I don’t have the energy to be coaching here, I don’t need to be coaching here. But I’m good. I think 75, 76; there’d be a lot of games between then and now. I’m going to have to go back for another contract if I want to go that long.”
Calipari told the show listeners to look up his first press conference in 2009 to see how he’s changed in his almost-decade in Lexington.
“I want all you fans out there to feel bad for what you’ve done to me,” he said. “You look at that picture and look at me now. I don’t care — Obama, all of them – the coach at Kentucky ages like seven years for every one year.”
Calipari may be aging quicker than most, but he has a lot to show for it. He pointed out that his NBA stars have almost TWO BILLION in NBA contracts, and that doesn’t even include the big deals coming for guys like DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
“I’m having so much fun and at the end of the day… we’re almost at $2 billion in contracts. Did you hear what I just said? Two billion dollars. And it’s probably $1.5 billion for just Kentucky players. I say that, and the opportunity I have to do this, I’m enjoying myself.”