Who stays in the Commonwealth longer: Calipari or Pitino?
06/09/2015 07:27 PM
LOUISVILLE – For Rick Pitino and John Calipari’s contracts, it’s turning into a game of “Anything you can do, I can do longer.”
After Calipari extended his contract with Kentucky last month to run through the 2021-22 season, Pitino countered on Tuesday by announcing he too is extending with the University of Louisville — all the way through the 2025-26 season.
In case you were wondering, that means Pitino would be 73 years old during the final year of the deal.
Before joining the Cardinals, Pitino, of course, roamed the sidelines at the University of Kentucky from 1989-97 — an eight-season span that culminated in the Wildcats’ sixth national title in 1996.
But Calipari himself hasn’t been too shabby in Lexington, either.
In his six season at Kentucky, Cal has led the Wildcats to four Final Fours, two national championship games, one national title (2012), and has produced 19 NBA Draft picks — not including the seven players who could be selected in this year’s draft on June 25th.
Both coaching rivals are now contracted into the next decade, but with so many coaches electing to leave gigs early to join other programs or even retire, who will ultimately stay in the Commonwealth longer:
John Calipari, or Rick Pitino?
Click below to see our answer along with the other topics we discussed on Tuesday’s edition of “Fact or Fiction.”