The trustees of Arkansas will discuss the contract with John Calipari

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FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas trustees are scheduled to meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. and are expected to discuss a proposed contract for John Calipari as the Razorbacks’ next men’s basketball coach.
The meeting will be held at the UA System’s Cammack Campus in Little Rock with some trustees expected to attend virtually.
That would be the largest ever for an Arkansas coach in any sport.
ESPN reported this week his Arkansas salary was expected to be “slightly less” than his $8.5 million salary at Kentucky and for five years.
Calipari, 65, is expected to be officially announced as Arkansas’ coach early Wednesday and be introduced at a news conference Wednesday evening at Bud Walton Arena, sources said.
Calipari will replace Eric Musselman at Arkansas.
Calipari has a career on-court record of 855-261 in 32 seasons at Massachusetts, Memphis and Kentucky.
Calipari coached each program to the Final Four at least once and in 2012 led Kentucky to a national championship.


FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas trustees will convene on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. me. They will likely talk about a potential deal for John Calipari, the next men’s basketball coach for the Razorbacks.

Some trustees are anticipated to participate virtually from the UA System’s Cammack Campus in Little Rock, where the meeting will take place.

The sources stated that Calipari, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach who has spent the last 15 seasons at Kentucky, is anticipated to ink a deal worth between $7.55 million and $8 million annually. That would be the most in any sport that an Arkansas coach has ever had.

According to an ESPN article this week, he will likely make “slightly less” money in Arkansas than he did at Kentucky, where he earned $8.5 million over five years.

The ESPN report added, “But the deal is expected to be incentive-laden with the ability to pass that number.”.

Football coach Sam Pittman has the largest UA contract ever, worth an estimated $5.25 million annually plus an additional $11.1 million in deferred compensation, which he will receive as a retention bonus.

According to insiders, Calipari, 65, is anticipated to make his official coaching debut for Arkansas early on Wednesday and make his announcement at a press conference held at Bud Walton Arena that evening.

Calipari resigned as the Kentucky coach on Tuesday.

Where Eric Musselman is at Arkansas, Calipari will take his place. Musselman left his job last Thursday in order to take over as Southern Cal’s head coach.

After 32 seasons at Massachusetts, Memphis, and Kentucky, Calipari has an 855-261 career on-court record. Subsequent to NCAA sanctions, 42 wins and 1 defeat were subsequently vacated.

Calipari led Kentucky to a national championship in 2012 and guided every program to the Final Four at least once.

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