Calipari receives three-year extension

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis basketball coach John Calipari received a three-year contract extension Sunday through 2010.

"There were numerous reasons for extending John's contract," Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said in a statement released Sunday afternoon. "At the top of my list were his performances both academically and athletically. He is graduating student-athletes and winning basketball games, and that is exactly what we asked him to do when John was hired."

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"I felt it very important for me to get the three years back on John's contract," Johnson continued. "He has brought continuity and stability to our basketball program and has established the University of Memphis as a major factor in recruiting on a national level.

"As Conference USA continues to go through structural changes over the next several years, it is vitally important that Memphis remains in the national spotlight with a well-recognized head coach."

The 44-year-old Calipari, who had two years left on his original contract, is
81-35 in four seasons at Memphis, including a 10-4 mark this
season. In 12 college seasons, his teams are 274-106. He also
coached the NBA's New Jersey Nets.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.