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College Basketball World Reacts To The Coach Cal Rumors

John Calipari during warmups prior to a Kentucky game.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 28: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on during a practice session ahead of the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 28, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

It seems like every year there's a report linking Kentucky head coach John Calipari to the NBA, and 2021 is no exception.

On Wednesday morning, Yahoo Sports insider Vincent Goodwill reported that several NBA executives believe Coach Cal could make the jump from college to the pros.

"Calipari is a bit of a surprise here, but multiple sources tell Yahoo Sports Calipari would be open to jumping back into the NBA," Goodwill wrote, via Yahoo Sports. "He had a taste in the late 90s, taking over the then-New Jersey Nets following a stint at UMass that didn’t go particularly well. But the changing dynamics at Kentucky, along with the massive expectations from the fan base and alumni, could have him looking for a second bite."

Shortly after those rumors emerged, Calipari went on Twitter to shut them down.

"It’s that time of the year! Why do rumors always start when we’re in the middle of recruiting? I have the best job in the country w/ the best opportunity to impact young people & add value to their careers - and that hasn’t changed," Calipari tweeted. "This season can’t come fast enough! Let’s go!"

Even if Calipari didn't come out and publicly say that he loves Kentucky, the college basketball world wouldn't have been fooled by this latest report.

College basketball has definitely changed, but Calipari seems very content with his current situation at Kentucky.

There's no denying that it would be interesting to see Coach Cal in the NBA at some point in the future. However, there's just no reason for him to leave the Wildcats right now.