Cal in for long-term at Memphis
MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis coach John Calipari had heard people using the fact he hadn’t signed his contract extension against him in recruiting even though he simply hadn’t had time.
Now the deal is signed, and he insisted Saturday he isn’t going anywhere.
Calipari signed the extension through the 2012-13 season that includes an annual raise of $500,000, and he will make $2.35 million per year. He will receive a $5 million bonus if he stays through the end of the deal funded through donors, athletic director R.C. Johnson announced Saturday.
The coach said he signed the deal Friday once the university’s equally busy counsel came to his home. Calipari said he appreciated Johnson and the administration making the head coaching job one of the best in the country.
“Now, you’re talking about a position that is one of the five best (in the country) here at the University of Memphis,” Calipari said at a news conference.
Calipari said he was happy when the offer was made a month ago. But between recruiting, assistant coaches getting new jobs like Derek Kellogg going to Massachusetts and other duties, Calipari said he had been unable to sit down and sign the deal.
That didn’t stop people from using the fact he hadn’t signed against him in recruiting.
So now, recruits can ignore the rumors linking him to other jobs.
“What this contract has done is wiped out 99 percent of that stuff, and I told them that I appreciate that. It’s not only the base salary, but it’s also the longevity bonus which wipes out the others. There are no other places. This is the place,” Calipari said.
It’s been a very busy time after the best season in Tigers’ history with an NCAA Division I record 38 wins before losing in the national title game.
Calipari just won his second Naismith National Coach of the Year award, joining Mike Krzyzewski of Duke as the only other coach to win more than once.
His Tigers are 104-10 over the past three seasons, tied for most victories in a three-year stretch in NCAA Division I history. That made Calipari the winningest coach in a three-year span.
All five of his starters are testing themselves in the NBA Draft, and Calipari is confident point guard Derrick Rose, junior All-American Chris Douglas-Roberts and senior Joey Dorsey should hear their names called.
“One of them may be the top pick the draft, another may be in the top 15 and the other may be taken in the 20s. If you look at our staff, they all got jobs. So, from all of this we all have benefited,” Calipari said.
Johnson said he was excited to finally get the deal signed and admitted there were some moments where he sweated out the contract.
“You always worry about everyone in your department. Obviously, John is a much higher profile coach or else you all wouldn’t be here today. We had a great year in Tiger athletics, and we have a great staff so you always worry about trying to get everyone back. When you have success, people tend to move on and get offers,” Johnson said.