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March 26, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -John Calipari, who guided Memphis to the NCAA regional final for the second straight season, received a contract extension through 2012 on Monday.
Calipari's name was tossed out as a candidate for job openings like Kentucky even before Memphis lost 92-76 to top-seeded Ohio State in the South Regional on Saturday.
Memphis went 33-4 and 16-0 in Conference USA, and the Tigers' enjoyed a 25-game winning streak before the loss to the Buckeyes.
"There are not many teams in college basketball teams that have won 66 games over a two-year span or have gone through an entire conference season undefeated," athletic director R.C. Johnson said in a statement.
Terms of the contract were not yet available.
Calipari is 181-63 in seven seasons at Memphis. He said university officials have shown they remain committed to top facilities and academics.
"I have repeatedly stated that as long as that commitment remains strong, I will be the head coach at the University of Memphis," Calipari said in a statement. "We have had a tremendous seven years, especially the incredible ride during the past two seasons, and I look forward to continuing that success in the coming years."
Calipari loses only key reserve Jeremy Hunt after Memphis came up one game short of the Final Four for the second consecutive season. Memphis went 33-4 and lost to eventual runner-up UCLA in a regional final last season.
Calipari's overall record is 374-134.