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Coach Cal says he’ll retire from Kentucky in less than fifteen years

Though it seems like he just arrived on campus, John Calipari has already been at Kentucky for nearly nine full seasons, and the question of how much he’s got left in the tank is already starting to surface.

On his radio show tonight, one caller brought up the question to the head man himself, asking him to stay on the Rupp Arena sideline for “at least” another 15 years.

“You’re the epitome of Kentucky basketball,” the caller said.

Before the caller could even finish up his question, the Kentucky head coach chimed in and tempered the Big Blue Nation’s expectations.

“I can promise you it’ll be before 15 years,” Calipari said with a laugh.

Coach Cal then told the caller that coaching at Kentucky is like coaching “in dog years,” saying his time here has aged him greatly.

“You have to understand coaching at Kentucky is in dog years,” said Calipari. “It’s seven years for every one. I want all of you to go back and look at the press conference, which was only eight and a half years ago, look at that picture, and tell me Obama aged more than me (during his presidency.) I don’t think so. You’ll look at it and say “What are we doing to this poor guy? Oh my gosh, look at him!”‘

But Calipari said the position has been incredibly rewarding, and if he and the entire basketball staff keep staying focused on the kids, it’s going to continue to thrive.

“This has been rewarding because you’re coaching a program that has such an impact,” said Cal. “You cannot go in the office and just sit, it cheats the position. Yes you’ve got to coach, yes you’ve got to be a recruiter, but you’ve got to be engrossed in all this stuff that’s Kentucky. You can’t be afraid of it. You can’t be afraid of losing, and you can’t be afraid of winning TOO much. If we stay focused on the kids, we’ll all have a ball.”

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Coach Cal says he’ll retire from Kentucky in less than fifteen years



  1. BigBlueNationDude
    8:39 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

    So he could potentially have around 20 seasons and 1 title?



    • Booby Petrino
      8:46 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      Better than a lot of coaches can say. Pitino coached Louisville for 16 and won zero* (*vacated one doesn’t count)



    • Miller45
      10:26 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      LOLOLOL SUCKA!!!!!?



    • 4everUKblue
      8:55 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      Just when it appears you’ve made the most stupid comment, you top your own stupidity. Way to go, looks like the sky is the limit to your stupidity.



    • catsarerunnin
      10:47 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s see how many years did it take for lil Ricky to lose a title??? Poor “dude”.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:19 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      BBNDudesboytoy February 26, 2018 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
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      I am breaking my silence. These folks need to know why you are so angry baby! We are having bedroom issues y’all.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:17 am February 27, 2018 Permalink

      LOL, Duke lost to VT. The ACC is a joke.



  2. mikeintn
    8:40 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

    Ok Cal, fourteen years will be ok, I guess.



  3. terwilliger
    8:49 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

    The title of this post is misleading. It isn’t like Cal said “I will retire from Kentucky in less than fifteen years”. That number was brought up by a fan and Cal just said “it’ll be less than that.” Big difference between those two, as the former implies he had the number 15 in his own head.



    • ukcamel
      9:09 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      Boy, nothing gets past you!



  4. 4everUKblue
    9:17 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink


  5. dballrb
    9:58 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

    Coach will coach 1 year past Brad playing..So 3 years after this year,or after the 2021 season..



    • unbridled
      10:56 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      I hope you are right but I have a really good suspicion that UK will win another title this year or next year. I think coach cal win unfortunately hang it up at that point. I don’t blame him. The schedule and pace he keeps is astounding.



  6. RealCatsFan
    10:32 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

    All I ask is for the vampire to retire before Cal does.



  7. Rick_S
    10:40 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t believe a word Cal says..He will retire here.. He knows wherever he goes from here will be a major step down..He is one of the top dogs at UK and he loves that..



    • RealCatsFan
      6:58 am February 27, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think anyone is disputing that he will retire FROM Kentucky. The question is WHEN.