John Calipari’s move to Arkansas is official with the Razorbacks confirming the hiring of the Hall of Fame coach Wednesday morning.

The move is a surprising one on the surface with Calipari leaving Kentucky for Arkansas. However, the move does come amid an increasingly hot seat for Calipari with the Wildcats.

Now, Calipari will try to rejuvenate Arkansas and return the Razorbacks to the Final Four. If he’s able to do so, it will be the 4th program Calipari has led to the Final Four after previous trips with UMass, Memphis and Kentucky.

As for his contract, Calipari has signed a 5-year deal that will run through the end of the 2028-29 season. The deal begins at $7 million annually to keep Calipari among the ranks of the highest-paid coaches in the country.

Calipari’s contract also includes a maximum of 2 automatic rollover years for reaching the NCAA Tournament that would extend the deal to 2031. There is a $1 million signing bonus and retention bonuses of $500,000 along with bonuses for reaching the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round, the Sweet 16, the Final Four and winning a national title. The buyout is set at $6 million.

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Calipari was making $8.5 million from Kentucky for the 2023-24 season, so the new contract is interesting in that regard. However, a fresh start and the chance to rebuild a program like Arkansas certainly factored into the decision.