The other major topic John Calipari addressed during his interview with Dan Patrick was his new lifetime contract with Kentucky, which he keeps insisting isn’t a lifetime contract at all.
“What lifetime? What happened? What’s a lifetime deal? They’ll declare me dead in three years. What is a lifetime deal? Who [called it that]? I didn’t label it a lifetime deal, so someone must have.”
That someone was Seth Davis, who first reported the deal on Monday. Regardless, Calipari stresses that his deal isn’t for the rest of his life, it’s just until he’s done coaching.
“What the university did months ago, the beginning of the year, their thing was, we want you to finish your career here. What would that look like? I’m in the middle of the season. I don’t know what it would look like. So, they came at me and said, could it look like this? The meeting took 15 minutes between DeWayne Peevy and me.”
“The reality of it is, it’s not until I die; it’s not that I’m going to be in a walker trying to coach. It’s, you finish your career here.”
Seth Davis also reported that the extension came in response to a six-year, $48 million offer from UCLA. When asked if UCLA offered him the job, Calipari was firm in his denial.
“No. No. Look, UCLA — I’m just telling you. If there are numbers, they’re not true. They’re not true. [UCLA Athletic Director] Dan Guerro and I know each other because we work on committees but no, that’s not true. Dan and I talked. He talked to our AD and said, let’s talk, and we talked about the culture of a big-time basketball program.”
So, if we don’t call it a lifetime deal, what do we call it? “Finish your career deal” doesn’t really roll off the tongue.