Ellen Calipari says goodbye to Kentucky, Big Blue Nation via video


John Calipari said goodbye to the Kentucky program on Tuesday, ending a wild few days surrounding the head coach. While his next stop, Arkansas, has not been officially announced, Calipari will not be in Lexington for the 2024-2025 season. And his entire family will travel with him to northwest Arkansas.

While John's farewell video garnered tons of attention on social media, his wife Ellen also had one. She was also in the program for a long time and had lots of relationships. Ellen Calipari recalled, “Mrs. Cal” at Kentucky, but is willing to pass it on to whoever the Wildcats hire next.

“If he feels like it’s time to move on, I have to support that,” Ellen Calipari said. “It’s not easy and we will miss a lot of things about Lexington and the University of Kentucky. It was an honor to be Mrs. Cal and to bake brownies for many of these guys who came through. I think it's time for me to pass on the crown of being a princess. Thank you for everything you have done for me, my family and my roommate. Thank you very much.”

On3's KSR pointed out all the good Ellen has done for the program. Whenever a player had a birthday, she would bake her brownies to celebrate. Making fun of the head coach was also a popular act, whether it had anything to do with basketball or not.

Ellen Calipari was also heavily involved in the community and was an important part of the Calipari Foundation and the annual UK Women's Clinic.

John Calipari sends a message to Big Blue Nation

The drama surrounding Calipari's departure from Kentucky ended Tuesday. He posted a message explaining his decision, even though he didn't officially have the Arkansas job yet.

Calipari called Kentucky his “dream job,” but realizes someone else will have to be in charge in the future.

“Since our season ended, Ellen and I have spent a lot of time reflecting on our time here at Kentucky,” Calipari said. “What it means to us, the friends we made on this field, regional championships, conference championships, Final Fours, the 2012 national title – it was a beautiful time for us.

“This is a dream job. It was my dream job. Everyone in our profession looks at the University of Kentucky and basketball and says, 'This is the bluest of blue.' It's become clear to us over the last few weeks that this program probably needs to hear a different voice, that the university as a whole needs to hear a different voice must have a voice that provides orientation for this program.

“The fans need to hear a different voice. We really enjoyed it here, but we think it’s time for us to retire and get out of the program entirely.”