John Calipari has agreed in principle to a contract extension to remain head coach at the University of Memphis.
April 15, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head coach John Calipari has agreed in principle to a contract extension to remain at the helm of the University of Memphis men's basketball program. Final details of the extension have not been finalized.
Calipari guided the Tigers to the best season in school history in 2007-08. Memphis posted an NCAA Division I record 38 victories (38-2 overall record) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament championship game. The Tigers swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and held the top spot in the national polls for a school-record five-straight weeks.
Calipari, who has a 219-65 record in his eight seasons at Memphis (27.4 wins per season), directed the Tiger program to one of the greatest three-year runs (2006-08) in NCAA Division I history. The last three seasons, Memphis posted a 104-10 record, and the 104 victories tied Kentucky (104 wins from 1996-98) for the most victories in a three-year span in NCAA Division I history. The 104 victories made Calipari the winningest coach in a three-year period in NCAA Division I history.
The Moon, Pa., native also became the second coach in NCAA Division I history to win 30 or more games three-consecutive years (2006-08) in early March. At the time Calipari accomplished the feat, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp was the only other coach to do so. UCLA's Ben Howland was the third coach to join the elite group later in 2007-08.
Calipari won his 400th collegiate game (412-136 overall record) in mid-February, and became the second coach in NCAA Division I history to win 400 games in the first 16 years. Roy Williams is the other to do so.
Calipari, whose Tiger teams have won the third-most NCAA Tournament games the last three seasons (11; UCLA, 13; Florida, 12), has had 15 of his last 18 seniors earn their degrees in his tenure at the University of Memphis.