Matt Norlander of CBS Sports wrote an article about who he thinks will be the next legendary coach to retire. Apparently he thinks Calipari isn’t retiring until 2024.
John Calipari, 53 (Seasons: 20; Kentucky, 2011)
Calipari has said he doesn’t expect to coach at Kentucky beyond a decade. That means not beyond the age of 60. You buying that? There seems so much to come with Calipari and his program. Could be great. Could be bad. We just don’t know. He could win another three titles in Lexington and leave as big a legend as Adolph Rupp, if not bigger.
I can’t imagine Calipari walking away at 60. He loves coaching kids too much. Maybe by 65, and maybe he’ll have one more tour in another town before he hangs it up, but I’m not seeing this end before the decade is out. Best guess at retirement: 2024
I wish I could, but I tend to not agree with most of Norlander’s articles, and this is not an exception. I would love to see coach John Calipari remain in Lexington for 12 more years, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.
I agree with the point he made about Calipari loving his players too much to hang it up, which may drive him to coach longer at Kentucky. Calipari received a contract extension that goes through 2019.
Coach has had unbelievable success while being the coach for the University of Kentucky. There’s no reason why he can’t continue that for the rest of his career. Point is, that I don’t think Calipari will coach through 2014, but I do believe that he will at least consider it.
Norlander thinks former Kentucky, and Now Minnesota coach, Tubby Smith, will walk first and retire in 2014. Norlander also said that he thinks Rick Pitino will retire in 2016. These numbers are obviously predictions, but they do seem to be reasonable.
How much longer do you think Calipari will coach in Rupp Arena?