College Hoops Fans React to John Calipari Reportedly Leaving Kentucky for Arkansas

Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal / USA

As the 2023-24 men's college basketball season comes to a close with Monday's title game between UConn and Purdue, a bombshell report dropped off the court that promises to shake up the sport.

Longtime Kentucky coach John Calipari is reportedly leaving the program for the head coaching job at Arkansas, as the sides agreed to terms on a five-year contract late Sunday night.

College basketball fans took to X, formerly Twitter, to react to the stunning move.

This user on X believes Calipari, ninth on the all-time wins list among men's college basketball coaches, will find the same amount of success he had with the Wildcats.

Another user expressed the opinion that both Calipari and Kentucky, which hadn't been back to the Final Four since 2015, needed fresh starts.

Then, in a lighthearted twist, multiple fans joked that Calipari had to make Monday's national championship about him somehow.

Last but certainly not least, ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale weighed in on the Calipari news.

One thing is for sure. Calipari's move from Kentucky to Arkansas figures to be the talk of college basketball for the next few days, national championship game or not.

Tim Capurso


Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.