Joe Paterno’s Grand Experiment is lying in a heap in the middle of Pennsylvania. About 500 miles to the southwest, however, in Lexington, Kentucky, a more realistic Grand Experiment in college sports is taking place.
John Calipari of the University of Kentucky has the best odds to win the men’s college basketball championship among the coaches at this weekend’s Final Four. He also has the most incentive, at least financially.
John Calipari, who coached the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team to the semifinals of last year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association postseason tournament, received a contract extension through the 2018-2019 season that will pay him at least $36.5 million.
John Calipari , coach of the University of Kentucky basketball team, will earn a bonus larger than the annual base salary of Virginia Commonwealth University coach Shaka Smart with the Wildcats’ eighth national title.
Former CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that Kentucky coach John Calipari is to blame for allowing New Jersey Nets part-owner and rapper Jay-Z to visit his players in their locker room.