Coach Calipari Leaves Memphis for Kentucky

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2009 2:15 PM CDT
Memphis coach John Calipari.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John Calipari, who turned the University of Memphis into a college basketball title contender, will leave to coach at the University of Kentucky, WREG-TV reports. Kentucky received permission to negotiate with Calipari yesterday in a bid to replace Billy Gillispie, unceremoniously dismissed Friday, the AP adds. The deal between Calipari and Kentucky is rumored to be for 8 years and around $35 million.