Even though his run at a perfect season ended over the weekend, Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari is headed to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman broke the story on Sunday.
Currently in his sixth season with Kentucky, Calipari led the Wildcats to a 38-1 record this season and seemed all but certain to win his second championship with the team before falling to the Wisconsin Badgers in Saturday’s Final Four matchup.
Besides Kentucky, Calipari brought schools such as UMass and Memphis to the Final Four, though both appearances were later vacated due to player eligibility issues at UMass and academic fraud at Memphis.
John Calipari has prevailed in his career in spite of both controversies, accumulating a career record of 593-174 with UMass, Memphis and Kentucky and making four trips to the Final Four (not including the vacated trips). In 2012, his Anthony Davis-led Wildcats won that year’s NCAA Tournament against the Kansas Jayhawks, giving Calipari vengeance for his Memphis Tigers’ tough loss in 2008.
Calipari also spent two-plus seasons coaching the NBA’s then-New Jersey Nets, posting a record of 72-112.
John Calipari’s enshrinement will occur on September 11 of this year and he is part of a Hall of Fame class that could also feature former NBA All-Stars Dikembe Mutombo, Tim Hardaway and many others.
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