Calipari currently has a contract with adidas. NC State is the only ACC school with adidas. Rapid State fans have also been monitoring a private plane flights which university officials use and it shows a flight to memphis which is owned by a big donor to the University, Wendell Murphy. This was the same plane confirmed in the Memphis paper. www.flightaware.com/live/flight/N88MF http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/tigers...4609467,00.html
N.C. State talks ball
The Commercial Appeal
John Calipari earned a minimum of $1.3 million this season, thanks to NCAA Tournament bonuses. N.C. State could be looking at an even higher sum. Perhaps much bigger bucks are in the air for Tiger coach Calipari
By Gary Parrish
April 10, 2006
North Carolina State University officials flew to Memphis on Sunday and discussed the school's basketball coaching vacancy with John Calipari in a development that could lead to the end of his tenure as the University of Memphis' coach.
The meeting lasted about two hours, and consisted of Calipari, N.C. State Chancellor James L. Oblinger, athletic director Lee Fowler and other university officials. As of presstime, no deal had been struck, sources told The Commercial Appeal. But it's clear Calipari is N.C. State's top priority as it searches for Herb Sendek's replacement. Texas coach Rick Barnes reportedly turned down an offer worth more than $2 million per year.
"It's uncertain whether a similar offer was or will be extended to Calipari. Upon returning to Raleigh, N.C., via a private jet owned by a prominent Wolfpack booster, Fowler -- a former Tiger assistant on Dana Kirk's staff in the 1980s -- declined comment to the assembled media, though sources said he and Calipari could speak again as early as today.
"We were aware of the meeting," UofM athletic director R.C. Johnson said Sunday night. But beyond that he declined comment while continuing to attempt to rework the contracts of Calipari and Memphis football coach Tommy West.
Calipari did not return a phone message seeking comment.
According to sources, if Calipari remains at Memphis it will be because he doesn't want to leave a potential Final Four team even though he would likely be compensated at a lower rate than what N.C. State could pay. Calipari makes a salary of about $1.1 million, and there are
incentives that can push his total package to as much as $1.5 million annually. He earned a minimum of roughly $1.3 million this season, thanks to $200,000 in NCAA Tournament bonuses.
Johnson has indicated multiple times that he will rework Calipari's contract, which runs through the 2009-2010 season and features a $2.5 million annuity that can be collected if Calipari fulfills what would be his 10th season at Memphis. Johnson canceled a scheduled trip to Georgia on Sunday to remain in Memphis and focus on rallying donors to upgrade the package. But it's now been two weeks since Calipari first publicly expressed his desire to remain at the UofM so long as the school is "fair" and "committed to being a Top 10 program," meaning it's safe to suggest negotiations have not gone as smoothly as either side had hoped.
Calipari is 148-59 in six seasons at Memphis. He's reached the NCAA Tournament three of the past four years, achieving what was ultimately a first-round loss (to Arizona State in 2003), a second-round loss (to Oklahoma State in 2004) and an Elite Eight loss (to UCLA in 2006). In Calipari's three other seasons, the Tigers went to the NIT, reaching the semifinals twice (in 2001 and 2005) and winning the event once (in 2002).
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