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Coach Cal has turned down so many jobs


No coach in America is connected to more job openings than Kentucky’s John Calipari. If an NBA franchise fires its coach, a report naming Calipari as a potential replacement immediately follows. He has even been named a candidate for jobs that aren’t open, the most recent being today’s report he could possibly take over for George Karl in Sacramento.

Yahoo! reported the Kings were probing Calipari about his interest in running the front office and coaching DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein in the NBA. Cal quickly denied any job offers from Sacramento:

“For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, Vivek Ranadive and I have talked on and off about DeMarcus Cousins. Vivek has asked me what I thought about DeMarcus and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of Willie Cauley-Stein. At no time has Vivek offered me a job. I will be at Kentucky.”

But before the Kings, it was the opportunity to coach two more of his favorite former players, Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, in New Orleans. A report back in May said Calipari made it known to the Pelicans he had interest in the job, only to be shot down by Calipari hours later on Twitter:

“Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I’m happy at UK.”

And then there is this release from Calipari in the spring, turning down another opportunity in college:

“While I respect the program’s tradition and have enjoyed the rivalry these past six years, I have no interest in mentoring Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville. Coach Pitino and Tom Jurich reached out to me about leaving the University of Kentucky to serve as a special advisor to the Louisville program, but our conversation was very brief. I look forward to beating them again this upcoming season.”

What about the time he was offered an unpaid internship?

“Who is Bryan The Intern and why would I leave UK to write about hypothetical stats every morning at 9:00 am? There’s not a chance in hell I quit coaching to become a KSR blogger.”

A similar position opened up in Lexington:

“No, I do not want to become the UK basketball beat writer for The Herald-Leader, although I do believe Jerry Tipton needs to be replaced. He has cost the paper a large portion of its readership and our fan base deserves better. That being said, I will not accept a job offer from a dying entity, or any other offer, for that matter.”

This is the closest we were to losing him:

“Big Blue Nation, I’ve always been completely open and honest with you from the very beginning. That is why I want you to know I considered stepping down as head coach of the men’s basketball team to accept an opportunity to play keyboard for the popular Train cover band, Drops of Jupiter. However, in the end, the late nights and long trips around the country in the band’s Dodge Caravan, and the lack of a long-term contract, weren’t enough to lure me away from the University of Kentucky, where I change the lives of entire families.”

This one may be worth keeping an eye on:

“I have not had any conversations with Tommy Bahama about management opportunities at its Tanger Outlet location in Myrtle Beach. I would need full control of employee scheduling and more than a 35% discount before even considering a position with the company. Until then, I will continue to support the brand while vacationing with Ellen. “

And lastly, a final release on a previous offer:

“As I’ve said before, I have zero interest in leaving the University of Kentucky to mentor Rick Pitino at Louisville. I ask that Coach Pitino respect my family’s privacy going forward. The late night phone calls and constant begging must stop.”


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Coach Cal has turned down so many jobs

    10:00 pm June 30, 2015 Permalink

    Yahoo is now reporting that Cal is the leading candidate for the now vacant Asst Manager position at the Boston Road Pizza Hut in Lexington, sources cite his ability to develop ball handlers as his primary qualification for the job.

  2. Sheeeeiiit
    10:08 pm June 30, 2015 Permalink

    Awesome post Drew!

  3. J-Dub421
    10:59 pm June 30, 2015 Permalink

    Okay, I laughed out loud for real. 😁

  4. Reese
    12:04 am July 1, 2015 Permalink

    I just wish we still had Derrick Jasper