Memphis coach says he's 'not a candidate'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Calipari talked with the Cleveland
about their vacant head coaching job, but the Memphis
coach told the NBA team he wasn't interested, a school spokeswoman
said Friday.

The Cavaliers contacted Calipari directly and did not seek
permission from Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. But school
spokeswoman Jennifer Rodrigues said Calipari "told them no," when
the Cavaliers asked about his interest in the coaching position.

Calipari informed Johnson that he had been contacted by
Cleveland and said the Cavaliers requested the meeting and that
they talked, but did not discuss specifics.

"I'm not a candidate," Calipari told The Commercial Appeal.
"We've got a good thing going and I'm not looking to do anything
[else]. I'm not going to be there. That's not happening."

The Cavaliers have not commented on any candidates for their
openings at coach, general manger or president.

Calipari completed his fifth season in Memphis since being fired
by the New Jersey Nets, leading the Tigers to a 22-16 record and the semifinals of the NIT.