Cal's new contract: It's worth the money

05/13/2015 04:44 PM

LEXINGTONAccording to multiple reports, John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats will soon finalize a deal to extend his contract by one year and increase his average annual pay to $8 million.

The deal — which puts to bed persisting rumors of an imminent NBA departure — would keep the Hall of Fame coach in Lexington through the 2021-22 season, and bring his complete contract to seven years, $54 million.

As if that wasn’t enough, Calipari is also in line to pocket an additional $1.6 million longevity bonus on July 1.

In short — he’s not hurting for cash.

Despite the high price tag, securing coach Calipari for the foreseeable future is the right move for the University of Kentucky, a cost that will more than pay for itself both on and off the court.

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