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Missing the Tournament will cost Calipari


The top-paid college basketball coach resides right here in the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky. His earning comes without hesitation or debate. After all, he took hold of a program that was all but destroyed by the former regime and immediately turned it into a winner. There isn’t much Big Blue Nation wouldn’t give for that to have happened. His achievements are extensive, posting a .841 winning percentage in his time at Kentucky, along with an Elite Eight, a Final Four, and a National Title to boot.

His incomparable success prompted a 2011 contract extension that provides a hefty $3.8 million per year, with a $1 million supplement in bonuses for each year he remains at the helm, with the exception of 2015 and 2018.

But that’s just the start. A slew of performance bonuses are built into his contract — just like new football head coach Mark Stoops received in his deal that rewards him for winning — that pays Calipari up to $850,000 in added income each season.

Obviously last season Calipari cashed in on just about all of those items after winning a title, earning $4.6 million from the University, and $700,000 in bonuses. The deep run in March combined with the banner earned Calipari $5.3 million.

Already with nine losses, tying the 2010-11 Kentucky campaign for total losses; barring an unprecedented run through March where the Cats win it all, this will be Calipari’s worst team based on win-loss record since his 2004 Memphis team went 22-16.

And that means mucho menos denero.

Translation: much less money.

With Kentucky bouncing around on the tournament bubble, Calipari’s income may come back down to earth — as if you can call a $3.8 million salary normal.

[Source: Forbes]

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

23 Comments for Missing the Tournament will cost Calipari

  1. Darrel Messer
    5:04 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    *2 final fours

  2. Tim Blandford
    5:07 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Think we should take up a collection for him ?

  3. Walden Schmidt
    5:13 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Cut back on a few things and he’ll be OK.

  4. tyrone biggums
    5:21 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I feel so sorry for him. How will he ever make it?

  5. HeyStupid
    5:21 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    #1 – If you win the national championship does that mean you went to the final four?

  6. NotCoachCal
    5:23 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Oh no, now he’ll surely have to bring back Ellen’s Plastic Glad Containers!! Can’t afford new ones.

  7. Sorry
    5:23 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    This post is basically copied from Forbes. Read the Forbes article, it’s much better.

  8. jpo
    5:26 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    1. And 3 elite 8’s? LOL

  9. 53lue
    5:31 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    i would have to think that not really high on his (thinking list ) rght now!

  10. UK Freshmen
    5:35 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Missing out on the tourney should cost Cal alright….his JOB.

  11. Good.
    5:42 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Good, I love Cal, but if his teams are a garbage product, he deserves a 2 million dollar pay-cut.

  12. bosshogg24
    5:45 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Cal is under paid, should be the 6 Million dollar man!

  13. oldschool
    5:46 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    That’s right UK Freshmen! We agree.

  14. Roland
    5:51 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t need NO stinking Money.
    but, I will take what I earned so I can spread it else where.

  15. morons
    5:53 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    If you actually think he should be fired you are a moron.

  16. Owen
    5:54 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    You know, this team really isn’t so different at all from a Final Four team two years ago that had 6 conference losses and didn’t look so great through much of the conference schedule.

  17. jbhuk15
    5:58 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    UK Freshmen + Old School = Stupidity

  18. whodat
    5:58 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    16… there is one big difference. We had Brandon Knight at the point two years ago.

  19. seriously
    6:03 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    16…by this time of the season in ’10-’11 that team had already shown they were righting the ship. Also, basically all of that teams conference losses were 4 points or less, in a stronger SEC as well.

  20. brain
    6:16 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t give shit about the money but the losing is chapping his ass.

  21. John
    7:53 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink


  22. oldschool
    8:51 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    hey UK Freshmen, you want some candy? Get in the van!

  23. Jeffrey
    1:53 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    And then after next season? It will be right back up, but I don’t doubt UK will still make the tournament. With a year like this? With every top team losing left and right? Yeah, the NCAA will throw UK in the tournament, they have 20 wins and still pending for more, that’s good enough for the NCAA.