Barring a breakdown in negotiations, the Kentucky job is John Calipari's to take, and the Memphis coach could verbally accept an informal offer in the next 24 hours, a source close to Calipari has told CBSSports.com. Meantime, The Commercial Appeal is reporting that Calipari met with the Memphis players Monday morning, and that "the players left the meeting convinced Calipari would take the job."
As of Monday morning, Kentucky still had not officially asked permission to speak with Calipari, but that's probably moot. The only reason to request permission is if an administrator wants to speak with another schools' coach, and sources have told CBSSports.com that Calipari is dealing with a third party representative working on behalf of Kentucky in an informal capacity, not necessarily UK "officials".
Sources added that Calipari spent Saturday night in Chicago visiting former Tiger and current Chicago Bull Derrick Rose. One of those sources said a meeting with a third party representative of UK could've taken place that night, or early Sunday morning.
Kentucky is searching for a replacement for Billy Gillispie.
He was fired last Friday after two seasons.