House Hunting For Coach Calipari

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Coach Calipari will soon be hunting for a place to call home in Lexington. But where will he and his family settle down?

There are plenty of homes in Central Kentucky to suit a man worth more than $30 million.

"I'm just so excited he's coming here," said Carolyn Wheeler, with Bluegrass Sotheby's International Realty.

Wheeler says where he lives, is the talk among people in her business.

"It would be an honor and privilege to help the Calipari family find their home," she said.

Wheeler has several homes on the market currently, including a $2 million home on the Fayette-Jessamine County line.

During his first news conference as the head UK men's basketball coach, Calipari said he would prefer to live near campus.

There is one home for sale he might be interested in. It's the former home of Rick Pittino, which has 11,000 square feet, 6 bedrooms and 8 baths. It comes with an asking price of $3.2 million.

Billy Gillispie's Jessamine county home will also be available soon. It boasts 12,000 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 8 baths. He bought the home for $1.45 million.

Tubby Smith's former home off Tates Creek and Alumni is the smallest of the recent UK coaches with 6,400 square feet, which he bought for $860,000 in 1997 and sold it for $1.5 million in 2007.

Those are just a few homes that may interest the new coach or at least give him an idea of where past coaches have called home while coaching the most storied program in college basketball.

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  • by Lewis Location: Campton on Apr 4, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    The fact that this is news proves that this is one screwed up state!! Who Cares??
  • by MEMPHIS FAN on Apr 4, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    I could care less about where this man lives. Where ever he lives, he will be in a fish bowl especially here in KY. I just hope Billy gets his house sold, gets his millions, gets another head coaching job, and beats UK.
  • by Big Location: Blue Horse, Kentucky on Apr 4, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    I think he should buy Pitino's old house, bull doze it to the ground and build a bigger one in its place. That would really be a statement.
  • by not a fan Location: to close on Apr 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    Coaches are GROSSLY OVERPAID and treated like a saint around here. For heavens sake it's NOT work, it's a game with way to much attention on winning instead of education. If the amount of money spent on "games" was put into education perhaps kentucky could lose the image we have. Perhaps if the coaches were not paid so much, tuition would not be out of reach for the average family. I for one get so sick of hearing about the "cats", they are forced on everyone, and not everyone is interested. Just pick up a local paper or turn on a local channel and chances are real good that your going to have to hear how wonderful this coach is or how awful that one was. They are HUMAN, not gods! I expect some negative remarks but at least I had my say. No I dont bleed blue, and neither do you!
  • by viewer on Apr 4, 2009 at 01:41 AM
    instead of a smoking ban they should ban basket ball talk its bad for your health secound hand basket ball is not good for us
  • by Bobby Knight Location: Who cares on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    I would love to have him as a neighbor. Go Big Blue!!!!
  • by uk fan Location: eastern ky on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    I think it is a shame that the Coachis being paid so much and the workers at the college are not getting raises. Also, why should be treated like he is better and better than GOD.. He needs to get an ordinary house and live like most Kentuckians do. People losing jobs and homes and this MAN is being paid a fortune to coach KY. THIS IS SAD. "Something is wrong in KY"
  • by Christy Location: Lexington on Apr 3, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    Be glad he is here and be glad he is looking for a home. What most of you are complaining about will HELP on economy! If he buys a used home it will help the agent that sells the home, the new house keeper cleaning it, if he remodelers look at all of the subcontractors and local vendors that will benifit. If he builds a new house look and the sales agent, builder and all of their subs not to mention again all of the vendors selling the products it takes to make it home. Then Mrs. Cal gets to run around buying the decorations and paying a designer. The more money he is out there spending the more it helps us all. Not to mention that he is here to rebuild UK Basketball which brings in how much money $$$$ to our downtown area?????? Maybe it is time to stop complaining and look at the good this can and will bring us all.
  • by no name Location: carlisle on Apr 2, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Now who would want one of the old coaches houses.if KY is starting a new program then the coach should have a new coach,a new home.
  • by UK mom on Apr 2, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    I could care less if he chooses to live in a cardboard box. That's his choice. Some people, and I do say some, have no other choice than that. As for the statement he made about walking on water? I was offended that anyone would even use that term because only one person could do that which we all know who, Jesus Christ our Lord. He should have never referred himself in that respect and used another analogy. We all know he can't walk on water. Don't bring in religion on this matter. Believe me, we all should be praying for things that are important. UK coaching is not one of the tops for my daily prayers, unless a tragedy strikes.
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