LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - John Calipari says he is "humbled and
excited" to lead such a "storied program" during his first press
conference as Kentucky's basketball coach.
Calipari was introduced Wednesday after the Kentucky athletics
board approved an eight-year, $31.65 million contract that will
make Calipari the highest paid coach in the nation. Athletic
director Mitch Barnhart said Wednesday that the university paid a
premium price, but that Calipari "can flat out coach."
"I'm a regular guy, folks," Calipari said. "I do not walk on
water; I do not have a magic wand."
The 50-year-old Calipari agreed to terms on Tuesday night to
take over college basketball's winningest program. Calipari is
445-140 in 17 seasons, leading both Memphis and Massachusetts to
the Final Four.
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