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On the court, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and new Kentucky coach John Calipari will become division rivals next season.
Yet Pearl had reason to thank Calipari earlier this spring. Because Calipari left Memphis for a record eight-year, $31.6 million contract with Kentucky in April, it created a job vacancy at the other end of the state. Pearl, who has led the Vols to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and an Southeastern Conference title, immediately became a hot name in the Memphis coaching search.