Can John Calipari reach 900 college basketball wins? That’s the question that Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN Stats and Info is asking.
It’s not out of the question but there’s the question of whether Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari would like to keep coaching after he turns 60 years old. Coach Calipari will turn 60 during the 2018-19 season.
After the 2011-12 season, Calipari was at 505 wins. While wins were vacated in the 1995-96 and 2007-08 seasons, Calipari kept a majority of those 1995-96 wins.
Including the wins in the 2012-13 season, Calipari stands at 513 wins. This year’s squad is only 8-4 on the season and should be 9-4 in the next few hours. That said, the average wins for his first 3 teams at Kentucky came up to roughly 34 wins. This can be accounted to the losses that the 2010-11 team suffered. Even though that team survived and advanced to the Final Four, there were 9 losses on the season. Taking the average 34 wins into account, Calipari will sit at 743 wins at the end of the 2018-19 season, when he turns 60. If he were to coach until he were 61, he would be sitting on 777 career wins in college basketball.
If Coach Cal makes the decision to coach until he turns 65, with an average of 34 wins between now and then, he would get his 900th college win during the 2023-24 season when he turns 64 years old.
I don’t know what the reality for this season will see for the Wildcats although I expect to see another 30 win season at minimum.
The real reality of the matter is that Kentucky is a high pressure school. Will Calipari be the same type of elite recruiter and molder of young athletes in 5 years as he is today? I would certainly think so.
I think the question at hand, even though we are in no hurry to find the answer, would be whether Calipari does indeed plan to retire when his contract extension is up. What we know from December 2011 is that he is in no hurry to hang things up.