Sunday , Jan , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Calipari awarded contract extension at Memphis

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – The University of Memphis announced Sunday
that men’s head basketball coach John Calipari has been given a contract
extension that will keep with the Tigers through 2010. Financial terms of the
deal were not released.

“There were numerous reasons for extending John’s contract,” said Memphis
athletic director R.C. Johnson, “but at the top of my list were his
performances both academically and athletically. He is graduating student-
athletes and winning basketball games, and that is exactly what we asked him
to do when John was hired.”

Calipari took over as Memphis’ head coach in the 2000-01 season and has
compiled an 81-35 record. During his 12 years as a collegiate coach, which
also included a stint with Massachusetts, the 44-year-old is 274-106.

“I would like to thank the administration at the University of Memphis for the
unbelievable support they have given me and my coaching staff and for the
great opportunity that has been extended to my family,” Calipari stated.