Memphis Tigers boosters working to block Kentucky’s shot at coach John Calipari

While John Calipari mulls an offer from the University of Kentucky to become its head basketball coach, officials and boosters from the University of Memphis were working into the night Monday to persuade him to stay.

Though things appeared to be moving in the direction of Calipari leaving Memphis after nine seasons, afternoon and late-night meetings with some of the Tigers’ biggest supporters were apparently dragging the process out, possibly into today.
According to multiple reports, Calipari spoke with Kentucky representatives over the weekend about the position that was vacated when the school fired Billy Gillispie after just two seasons. After that, the things moved quickly into talks of a mega-deal that would make Calipari the highest-paid coach in the country by a significant margin.

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3/30/09