Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall and former Kentucky players thank John Calipari after retirement


John Calipari officially announced his departure from Kentucky on Tuesday and support from his former players poured in.

Karl-Anthony Towns and John Wall were among the players who praised Calipari on Instagram:

Towns also reached out to X to express his gratitude for Calipari:

Calipari is expected to be the next coach at Arkansas, leaving Lexington after 15 seasons. Although the news had been known for days, Calipari officially announced his departure in a video posted on social media.

“It was a wonderful time for us. This is a dream job. It was my dream job,” Calipari said. “Everyone in our profession looks at the University of Kentucky in basketball and says, This is the bluest of the blue. Over the last few weeks it has become clear to us that this program probably needs to hear a different voice.”

“And the fans need to hear a different voice. We really enjoyed it here, but we think it's time for us to step down. And get out of the program entirely.”

Calipari posted a 410-122 record during his tenure and is the second winningest coach in Kentucky history behind Adolph Rupp. The Wildcats reached four Final Fours and won the national championship in 2012. His teams produced 35 first-round picks, with Wall, Towns and Anthony Davis going No. 1 overall.