In 2015, he could complete an undefeated season with the Wildcats, win an NCAA championship and make the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Calipari on Saturday was announced as one of 12 finalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
“I’m at a loss for words,” Calipari, who has had two Final Four vacated from his time at UMass and Memphis but who won an NCAA title at Kentucky in 2012, said of being named a finalist. “I want to thank the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee for even considering me. The process is by no means over – I’m just a finalist at this point – but to even be mentioned as a finalist among these worthy candidates is an unbelievable honor. I am absolutely humbled by this.”
In 2013, Louisville coach Rick Pitino entered the Hall of Fame and won an NCAA championship.
Calipari could pull a similar feat this year and also has the potential to guide the first unbeaten team since Bob Knight’s Indiana club in 1976. Kentucky began the day at 24-0 entering their game with South Carolina.