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Kentucky's Calipari eyes extension, not raise

| Thursday, May 6, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari says while he's open to a contract extension, he's not interested in a raise.

The Moon native said Wednesday in an audio tweet on lexy.com that athletic director Mitch Barnhart approached him 10 days ago about restructuring his contract.

Calipari says he told Barnhart that he welcomes the idea but doesn't want his compensation to change. He recently finished the first year of an eight-year deal that pays him just under $4 million a season.

The contract talks surfaced shortly after reports that Calipari was interested in coaching the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

Calipari says he loves coaching at Kentucky and the Wildcats went 35-3 in his first season. Freshmen stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have both declared for the NBA Draft.

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