College Basketball Podcast: UCLA believing it could lure John Calipari from Kentucky is comical

UCLA reportedly offered John Calipari $8 million per year to be its next basketball coach even though he currently makes $9.3 million per year at Kentucky. Put another way, UCLA asked Calipari to take an inferior job, ruin his legacy at UK and move to a drastically more-expensive market for a pay cut.


Matt Norlander and I opened this episode of the CBS Sports "Eye On College Basketball" podcast on UCLA's total waste of time with Calipari. After that, the conversation went like this:

  • 13:30: Calipari has agreed to a "lifetime" contract with Kentucky. Obviously, that's great for Calipari. But is it also great for Kentucky? And is Calipari underachieving or being incredible at UK?
  • 23:00: Tom Izzo said he needs a second national title to validate his time at Michigan State. But does he really?
  • 30:00: The best storyline to emerge from this Final Four would be ...
  • 36:00: Belmont's Rick Byrd has retired from coaching.

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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