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Calipari’s NCAA Basketball Title Bonus Tops VCU Coach’s Pay

John Calipari, coach of the University of Kentucky basketball team, will earn a bonus larger than the annual base salary of Virginia Commonwealth University coach Shaka Smart with the Wildcats’ eighth national title.

Calipari will receive a $375,000 bonus if Kentucky wins the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, as compared with Smart’s $325,000 base annual salary. The Rams play Butler University in the first semifinal in Houston tomorrow, followed by the game between the University of Connecticut and Kentucky.