Pros and Cons of Calipari's New Deal

06/06/2014 04:05 PM

Yesterday, John Calipari and the University of Kentucky agreed to a seven year, $52.5 million contract extension.

Under Calipari’s prior contract, he was scheduled to make $5.2 million in 2014-15. Now, under the new terms, Calipari’s total compensation from the school will be $6.5 million in 2014-15. It will jump to $7 million in the second year, and increase every year until the end of the contract which spans through 2021.

Calipari has no doubt earned a bump in pay after leading the Cats to a national championship, national runner-up, Final Four and an Elite Eight appearances in just five seasons as Kentucky’s coach. But is it enough money to deter him from jetting off to the NBA? Or on the other hand, does the new deal set the expectations too high for future coaches?

KSTV’s Thomas Beisner, Ben Rainwater and Mark Krebs discuss the pros and cons of Cal’s new deal.

About Mark Krebs

Mark Krebs graduated cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and was a three-year letterman in basketball. He proved himself to three different coaches (Smith, Gillispie, and Calipari) in his four years with the Cats and eventually earned a scholarship after three years of being a walk-on. Mark is currently splitting time between his book tour for Beyond a Dream and starring as part-time co-host on KSTV.

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