Video: Kentucky coach John Calipari confirms he's leaving the Wildcats: 'Time for a different voice'


John Calipari has broken his silence.

Two days after rumors began circulating that the former Kentucky basketball coach was leaving for SEC foe Arkansas, Calipari took to X, formerly known as Twitter, and reached out to Big Blue Nation about his future plans.

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Calipari confirmed he is leaving Kentucky and said he “has been presented with some opportunities” that he and his family will discuss. He didn't mention Arkansas by name in his farewell video.

Here's what Calipari said about his decision to leave:

John Calipari is leaving Kentucky

“Over the last few weeks it has become clear to us that this program probably needs to hear a different voice. That the university as a whole needs to have a different voice giving guidance on this program that they hear and that the fans need to hear a different voice. We.” “I really liked it here, but we think it's time for us to retire and get out of the program entirely,” Calipari said.

“We have been presented with opportunities, so we discuss them as a family.”

Shortly after Calipari's video was released, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart also issued a statement.

“We thank John Calipari for leading our program for the past 15 years, contributing to Kentucky’s legacy of championship success. “We are grateful to John for his many contributions to the university and our state both inside and outside the court,” Barnhart said on X.

Calipari finished his 15 seasons in Lexington with an overall record of 410-123 and led the Wildcats to a national championship in 2012 and four Final Four appearances.

According to CBS Sports college basketball insider Matt Norlander, Calipari's contract with Arkansas is expected to close today.