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Calipari says he's staying at Kentucky

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MBSK 09_10 UK_Ole Miss Web 09.jpgIf you believe what the mass media is saying, head coach John Calipari is as good as gone if LeBron James ends up as a free-agent signee anywhere else but New York.

If you believe what Calipari is saying, he will be the coach at Kentucky next season.

After a firestorm of speculation and rumors Thursday night, Calipari tweeted Friday morning that he will be the coach at Kentucky next season for the second year of his contract.

"I've said many times that I've got the best job in the country," Calipari said via twitter. "Still the speculation runs wild and I can't stop that. I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation one last time, I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let's finish what we started!"

The twitter message came just hours after the ouster of NBA superstar James from the NBA Playoffs. James will enter the offseason as arguably the most sought-after free agent in NBA history, and, in light of several reports over the last couple of weeks, many in the media believe that Calipari will bolt for the NBA if he is given the chance to coach his close friend.

"We'll see what happens," James said after Thursday night's Game 6 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Calipari has repeatedly said he is happy at his job at Kentucky in the face of the rumors.

On May 4, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart released a statement that said the school was in initial discussions on restructuring Calipari's contracts "so that he's the coach at Kentucky until he retires." That direction does not appear to have changed courses after Calipari's strong and definitive statement Friday morning.

Barnhart expressed confidence Thursday after a UK Athletics Association Board of Directors meeting that Calipari will be at Kentucky for at least the near future.

"I'm very confident he's going to be our head coach next year ... and I feel very confident good times are ahead," Barnhart said.

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i know you say when a coach says he is staying, that means in coach terminology that he is as good as gone. but in this case, he is as good as here till he retires. it will take a oober amount of money, power and creditability to lure him away from the GREATEST basketball job in the world. the only concern i have is his track record of great teams with no championships, but we will see what happens this season and the seasons to come. GO CATS!!! GO CAL!!!!

coach cal is one of the best coaches i think uk has ever had. Where he has taken the wildcats has been amazing no body could have done the job better than calipari. The big blue nation is a perfect fit for coach calipari

I'm 26 and I think I remember something to this effect that happend when I was not even in high school I DON'T know guy i seen Lebron courtside at Rupp with my own two eyes and the film of all the hugging and conversation between coach and Lebron. I hope he stay and gets us the banners that our fans are so passionate about.

Haha...Calipari has used UK to advance to the NBA!! And as for the comment above that Calipari is the best coach UK has ever had...He's only been there for one season! Tubby Smith has done more for Kentucky than what Cal has done. He took them to the championship and many many elite 8 appearances. Calipari has not done that!!

I believe as long as the NBA/NCAA allows players to leave school after one year we are going to have exactly what we had this season. A season of thrills and extreme excitement, but expierence is what wins championship. It erks me to say this but look at Duke, they won with sub par talent but alot of expierence. Calipari is a great fit for the Big Blue Nation, but until the NCAA changes the rules of one and done, his hands are going to be tied. I would rather have a little less talent and a chance to win a championship, than have all the tease of getting so close and lose because of a more expirenced team. Look at Cleveland and Boston, Cleveland had the younger better talent. But boston has the expierance to go along with there talent and who advanced. So give coach Cal the benifit of any doubt and trust him at his word that he is going to stay. Because in the NBA if a star like James wants you gone, no matter how good of a relationship you had, your GONE.

Lol, he could have coached NBA without ever coming to UK..

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