This photo provided by Kentucky Athletics shows the 2018-19 NCAA men's college basketball team. Seated from left are: Special assistant to the head coach John Robic, assistant coach Tony Barbee, head coach John Calipari, Brad Calipari, Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Jonny David, associate head coach Kenny Payne, assistant coach Joel Justus and assistant athletic director for basketball operations Chris Woolard. Standing from left are: Strength coach Robert Harris, recruiting analyst Brady Kennedy, director of basketball administration Will Barton, Tyler Herro, PJ Washington, EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards, Reid Travis, Keldon Johnson, Zan Payne, Jemarl Baker Jr., assistant strength coach Cameron Bird, and equipment manager Mark Evans. (Chet White/Kentucky Athletics via AP)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — John Calipari has tweeted that his "plan and desire" is to retire at Kentucky, quashing the latest rumor in what has been an annual ritual linking him as a candidate for vacant coaching jobs.

The 10th-year Wildcats coach said on his verified Twitter account Wednesday night "there is no better job in the world" to coach basketball than at Kentucky. Calipari has periodically been mentioned as a candidate for NBA jobs, only to state his commitment to the Wildcats. His tweet did not refer to a specific opening, but the 247Sports UCLA website had reported the Hall of Fame coach was showing "serious interest" in coaching the Bruins, who fired coach Steve Alford early in the season.

Calipari is set to coach second-seeded Kentucky in Thursday's NCAA Tournament game against No. 15 seed Abilene Christian. He followed with another tweet that said, "Now let's focus on this game tomorrow."


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