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John Calipari is the third highest-paid public employee in America

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that John Calipari is Kentucky’s highest-paid public employee. The Cats’ head basketball coach earns almost seven million per year from the university and every single one of those dollars is well deserved. Give him more if he wins it all again this year.

But, did you know Cal is one of the highest-paid public employees in the entire country? The good people at 24/7 Wall Street dug up the top-earning public employees in each state and Cal ranks third in America. Only Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh earn more, which clearly shows college coaches are bringing in the majority of the dough. In fact, all but 11 states have a college coach at the top of their list.

From 24/7 Wall Street:

During the 2014-2015 season, University of Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari led the Wildcats to 38 straight wins without a loss, the best start in school history. His $6.88 million annual salary is the highest of any public employee in the state. Kentucky is the only state in the Southeastern Conference whose top-earning public worker is not a college football coach.

Coach K, the only college basketball coach making more than Calipari, is not a public employee as Duke is a private university.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

22 Comments for John Calipari is the third highest-paid public employee in America

  1. bosshogg24
    5:10 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

    Calipari is worth 10 Million and a bargain at that!

  2. BigBluSoTru
    5:49 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

    One national championship doesn’t justify the money from a business perspective!. Uk doesn’t lack exposure will always have that with any coach. His result is likened to a hiendcar salesman only one Maybach sold and a bunch of benzs and Bessemer sold which every other salesman has done and some salesman make less commission and have sold a Maybach or two.

    • UK Big Board Update
      6:12 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink


      BigBluSoTru May 17, 2015 at 11:23 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Does’nt surprise me one bit .Cal is nothing more than smoke and mirrors

      BigBluSoTru May 15, 2015 at 6:10 pm | Permalink
      let’s be honest as great of a salesman recruiter Cal is he doe’s not develop players. I’m sorry he does not get any credit whatsoever about Rose , Tyreke and the list goes on of already made players. The twins came to UK with can’t miss NBA hype and three years later . We see the results and no i’m not a troll sometimes you have to be honest with what you see rather than feel in the heart. And the eyes don’t lie

      BigBluSoTru August 11, 2015 at 9:50 pm | Permalink | Reply
      All it does is confirms what other coaches think of Cal, It’s nothing too brag about. Reinforces Cal’s think he is bigger and badder . And he needs to win more championships cause getting ready made NBA players drafted ain’t what a true fan cares about

      BigBluSoTru August 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Huh Drake and our secondary self reported violation. Tyler good try on this but Laser Tag and young men is a very fun fun thing to do no diffrent than paint ball. The NCAA is ignorant when it comes to this type stuff, and the recruits where the 5th senior s not some future freshman that you inadvertly left out of the story.

      BigBluSoTru May 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm | Permalink
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      So i guess you really think after signing a million dollar check. He will be sitting at the kitchen table every night on his apple tablet completing online courses. LOL! Hey college student heres a 1,000 complete this crap please.

      BigBluSoTru May 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm | Permalink
      Timberwolves will pick Okafor they need fire power plus they have defensive front court guys already.

      BigBluSoTru May 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm | Permalink
      Okay what have i said any more or less stupid than any other retard on here? It’s obvious u are idiot to go through all that! That’s why we are labled as crazy. Thing is i know i’m from eastern ky and proud of it . Town right next to Matt

      BigBluSoTru October 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink
      So now that Chane is going too be back soon guess this article is mute.

      BigBluSoTru October 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
      Just shows Rick wsa doing it big before Cal ever had that kind of status.

      BigBluSoTru October 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
      Siva is with the pistons morron and Chris Smith was picked up with the Knicks learn some things.

      BigBluSoTru May 25, 2015 at 9:45 pm | Permalink
      Here we go with this over hyped Fb crap .. Stop the Flordia talk we are not and what in your ignorant minds think we have arrived to beat the Gators yet. Grease the goal post yell you are right . Those things do get a bit rusty without touchdowns from the home team going threw em.

      BigBluSoTru August 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Omg here we go againwe will be in Atlanta this is the year rise part 3

      BigBluSoTru August 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Injuries and we are Uk football this is the year we beat Florida and win the East. We have the most talent in the conference thanks to Vince beating Ohio St for recruits . So we can overcome any injury !

      BigBluSoTru October 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink
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      Find it quite strange how all ksr does is talk about Louisville and thug team. Well all the serious criminal activity has been coming from Stoops troops. Hmmm Matt !

      BigBluSoTru July 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
      This is the year we win the East , and looking at the players and the way Alabama played last year and the coaching hires and talent . I don’t see us losing in the Sec championship game to Alabama Saban said he feared UK more than any other team from the east.

      BigBluSoTru July 25, 2015 at 1:09 am | Permalink
      Clarrett being here ain’t gonna change UK football sorry. Marrow just helping put a little channge into a relatives pocket beleive me he aint here for free.

      BigbluSoTru January 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink
      Matt keeps up the fb recruiting drama, because we will constantly like today live on this propaganda made up hype site, putting money in his pockets. Have to give Matt credit for the business savy, of taking advantage of no life having 40-60 something uk idiots

      BigBluSoTru August 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Cbs poll came out wich is total BS have the tards @ no.25 and CATS @ 68 should be the other way around. We are winning the East this year.

    • cats paw
      6:17 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      let me spell it out for you big board.. google the cheatingest college coach in America and your search results will show coach CAL!!! but thats cool isnt it, since he’s a winner! you just hate the fact that i told you 7 yrs ago exactly what would happen with this hire and i was exactly right, as always! maybe you could copy/paste those predictions for us all to see??

    • Billy Hill
      7:36 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      cats paw is a HUGE UK fan, folks….

  3. cats paw
    6:18 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

    The Sleaziest Coach in a Sleazy Game
    John Calipari and college basketball are a match made a few levels below heaven.
    …there are the search results for you hypocrites…. fyi, i hate the cards but if you want reality they will kill UK in football and also win in basketball this year. save that one to copy/paste later big board!!

    • RealCatsFan
      6:48 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      No shit? A Cards fan is going to actually come on here and talk about sleazy coaches when he cheers for Petrino and Pitino? Wow! That’s rich. Calipari has yet to be caught on national tv for cheating on his wife and all the other delectable things the UL coaches have done. adULtery. Kind of fits.

    • ready4nineNOW
      7:48 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      Lol. What is Pitinos record vs Cal? And this will be the year, right. And yes, Lamar Jackson will beat UK in football this year. Now, who is the crazy fan? And sleazy? Please telk me your definition of sleazy.15 seconds of not so fame Pitino layed out on a restaurant booth. If Calipari is guilty of thing past at other jobs, then so is Petino hooker-gate.

    • cats paw
      9:44 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      to UKBigBaoard—-im cool with you using my user name as long as you speak truth like this!
      to Ready4nine—yes, all coaches are basically rich sleazy, arrogant azz people that curse 18 yr old kids out daily. long as they win baby!!!

    • Billy Hill
      10:09 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      What an unintelligent, contradictory, toothless, childlike, miserable human being cats paw must be.

  4. UKBlueGreen
    6:32 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve lived my entire life in Kentucky. I have always been a Wildcat fan. But nope, I don’t think he’s worth it.

    • Billy Hill
      6:32 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      Who’s not worth it?

    • UKBlueGreen
      6:37 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      I like Cal. I’m glad he is coach, but that is too much money.

    • Billy Hill
      6:39 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      You are dumb.

    • Billy Hill
      6:39 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      WHY is it too much?

      (I can’t wait to hear this….)

    • cats paw
      9:46 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink

      Billy Hill…try “you’re” dumb. lmao

    • Billy Hill
      10:07 pm September 23, 2016 Permalink


      You + are = you’re.

      Dumb + cats paw = Dumbass.

    • Billy Hill
      12:06 pm September 24, 2016 Permalink

      I figured BlueGreen wouldn’t give an explanation as to why…..