He may not be going to the NCAA Championship, but Kentucky coach John Calipari is going to the Hall of Fame.
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Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari has reportedly been elected to enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Calipari will enter the Hall of Fame, while Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan (whose Badgers beat Calipari and ended his undefeated season last night) reportedly did not receive enough votes.
John Calipari will be elected into the Hall of Fame, sources told ESPN. Bo Ryan did not receive enough votes this year. Need 18/24 votes.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 5, 2015
Calipari has won over 77 percent of his games in stints with UMass, Memphis and his current job with Kentucky. He also served as the head coach of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets (back when they were the New Jersey Nets) from 1996 to 1999. Calipari has been named the Naismith College Coach of the Year award twice and won a national championship with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2012.
For his head coaching career, Calipari has an official record of 593-174. Several dozen of Calipari’s wins have been stripped by the NCAA for various rules violations over his coaching career.
Among the other finalists expected to be announced for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame are Dikembe Mutumbo, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Kevin Johnson, Lisa Leslie, and Jojo White.