John Calipari Hired as Arkansas Head Coach

A few days after rumors of John Calipari leaving Kentucky emerged, the iconic coach has officially moved on from UK to become the head coach at Arkansas.

According to Arkansas, Calipari has signed a five-year contract with a salary starting at $7 million per season. If Calipari brings the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament, his deal contains two automatic rollover years that would extend his stay with the Hogs until 2031.

“By all accounts, John Calipari is one of the premier coaches in college basketball,” Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “A national championship coach, a four-time national coach of the year and one of the nation’s top recruiters, Coach Cal has consistently demonstrated his ability to attract outstanding talent and build championship teams within the Southeastern Conference and position his programs among the best in the nation.”

Calipari will officially be announced as the new head coach Wednesday night in Fayetteville.