Memphis coach says he's 'not a candidate'

Updated: May 27, 2005, 10:06 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Calipari talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers about their vacant head coaching job, but the Memphis coach told the NBA team he wasn't interested, a school spokeswoman said Friday.

The Cavaliers contacted Calipari directly and did not seek permission from Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. But school spokeswoman Jennifer Rodrigues said Calipari "told them no," when the Cavaliers asked about his interest in the coaching position.

Calipari informed Johnson that he had been contacted by Cleveland and said the Cavaliers requested the meeting and that they talked, but did not discuss specifics.

"I'm not a candidate," Calipari told The Commercial Appeal. "We've got a good thing going and I'm not looking to do anything [else]. I'm not going to be there. That's not happening."

The Cavaliers have not commented on any candidates for their openings at coach, general manger or president.

Calipari completed his fifth season in Memphis since being fired by the New Jersey Nets, leading the Tigers to a 22-16 record and the semifinals of the NIT.

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