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Look: Coach Cal Reacts To Assistant Leaving For Duke

Coach John Calipari during Kentucky's Elite Eight loss against Auburn.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 31: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a play against the Auburn Tigers during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has lost one of his assistant coaches to Duke.

Jai Lucas took a job at Duke where he will be an assistant coach under new head coach Jon Scheyer. Scheyer is replacing Coach K after he wrapped up his final season at Duke.

Calipari is happy for Lucas, even though he won't be on his staff moving forward.

"Yesterday, Jai informed me he was taking a promotion at another school," Calipari said. "I asked where and when he told me Duke, he expected me to be mad. I support what he thinks is best for his family. He's been loyal, terrific on the road, and great for our players, and I want what's best for him, so I'm good with it."

"I am not surprised that there was interest in Jai because there is always interest in our staff. This year, all of our assistants have been approached about other opportunities. When you have a great staff, that's what happens!"

Scheyer was pretty fired up about getting Lucas, per Duke's official website.

"Jai embodies everything I was looking for in this role," said Scheyer. "I've been impressed by his winner's mindset, great feel for the game, and strong work ethic. Through his impressive playing and coaching career, he has built extraordinary relationships across the basketball landscape and shown a unique ability to connect with student-athletes. I could not be more excited to welcome Jai, his wife, Kori, and son, Jaxin, to Durham."

We'll have to see who Calipari replaces him with heading into next season.