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The Calipari negotiations: What really happened

When John Calipari was introduced as the new men’s basketball coach earlier this week, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart made sure to emphasize the fact that he and Dr. Lee Todd included all of the provisions they were looking for into Calipari’s new contract. Early in the week, with negotiations in full swing, it was reported that one of the points of discussion involved the scholarships offered to a handful of young players.  Supposedly, Calipari wanted to free up the scholarships and Lee Todd wanted to honor them – and after the statement made at the press conference, it seemed that all of these guys would be in Lexington. But, after nearly every player has now re-opened their commitment, it makes one wonder what exactly these “provisions” that Barnhart spoke of actually were.

Well, fear not, sweet readers. Working in conjunction with our super paparazzi friend who was so valuable during the Gillispie years, we were able to uncover the five major provisions that Calipari had to meet before he was allowed to become the University of Kentucky basketball coach.

calipari-uk-elvisCoach had to agree to leave some hobbies back in Memphis. 

calipari-tonight-showShortly after being brought in to return to program to prominence and inspire change, Calipari had to agree to appear on “The Tonight Show”.

calipari-gillispieHe had to make Clyde submit so he could prove he was “tough enough” to handle the job.

cutler-calipari-runHe had to beat Alan Cutler in a foot race because, you know, it might come to that.

kige-and-calHe had to agree to let Kige Ramsey host the weekly “Coach Cal Show”.  The Brominator was not happy.

Article written by Thomas Beisner