Good morning, and thanks for your continued support of Extra Points.
Sorry for the last minute audible on the schedule! We will publish Going For Two TOMORROW A.M. Today, let me pass the sticks to Andy:
In a little less than two years — by April 15, 2024, to be exact — University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari could have a decision to make: Continue coaching the Wildcats for what would be his 16th season at the school or step down as the school's men's basketball coach to become Special Assistant to the Athletic Director/University Representative.
To be clear, he could have the same potential fork-in-the-road moment again in April of 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028, per his amended and restated contract that became effective as of July 1, 2019 and which outlines annual compensation that will grow to $9 million from his base salary, plus media and endorsement income.
This type of coach-to-administrator transition clause isn't unique to Calipari — West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Michigan State's Tom Izzo each has something similar in their respective contracts, for example — although the theoretical application of such a transition is arguably most fascinating in Lexington.
After all, the Kentucky men's basketball program followed up its worst single-season record in the modern era — 9-16 in 2021 — with what could be argued as the worst loss in program history, a first-round upset to No. 15 seed Saint Peter's.
Despite Calipari bringing the Wildcats an eighth national championship in 2012, plus three other Final Four appearances, and compiling Kentucky's two best single-season records in the modern era of the sport, Kentucky fans are now going to endure what's sure to be two tumultuous offseasons in a row.