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Coach Cal Issues Heartfelt Message After Signing New Contract

Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari at press conference.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 28: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats speaks with the media at a press conference 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)

Fresh off of signing a new contract with Kentucky that essentially keeps him with the Wildcats for life, John Calipari has a lot to be excited about. After the school announced the new contract, Calipari reacted to his new deal with the team.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Calipari offered his thanks to the University of Kentucky for giving him the chance to finish his career there. He pledged to continue in his efforts to make Kentucky "the gold standard" for student-athletes and coaches.

The Wildcats offered a "lifetime contract" that keeps him in Lexington for another ten years. He is slated to earn between $8 million to $9 million annually under the new deal.

At age 60, a 10 year contract will certainly bring him to the final years of his coaching career. Only a handful of coaches age 70 or over are active in Division 1.

The Kentucky basketball program has been revitalized under Calipari during his 10 year tenure with the school.

Under his watch, Kentucky has won six SEC Tournaments, five SEC regular season titles, played in nine NCAA Tournaments, made four Final Four appearances, and won the national title in 2012.

On top of all of those accomplishments, the Wildcats have consistently been one of the top recruiting programs in the country, and have regularly sent players to the NBA.

Calipari is ready for another 10 years of that.