Calipari uncertain about chances vs. Duke, UNC

Updated: April 13, 2006, 2:01 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

John Calipari was on the brink of accepting the North Carolina State job Monday night.

His eventual change of mind was not because of compensation concerns, however. Rather, he was concerned he wouldn't have enough of a shot at doing what Wolfpack officials want: consistently beating Duke and North Carolina.

Calipari was offered a salary worth $400,000 a year more than what he is currently making at Memphis.

Calipari met with NC State officials Sunday in Memphis and then again Monday evening in Raleigh. Calipari wore casual attire and a hat in an attempt to go unnoticed on his visit, ESPN.com was told, but at least one person allegedly took camera phone photos of him at a local Dunkin' Donuts.

Calipari finally decided to stay at Memphis after he was assured by the school that his assistant coaches would be well-compensated and given long-term security. He will receive a raise from Memphis -- the same increase that was offered prior to his listening to NC State.

"(Athletic director R.C.) Johnson and Calipari reached a verbal agreement on a contract extension, and the paperwork is in the process of being drawn up," Memphis spokesman spokesman Lamar Chance said.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The Commercial Appeal reported Wednesday that Calipari will get a raise from less than $1.1 million to about $1.3 million plus incentives that could make the possible total package about $1.7 million through the 2010-11 season.

The Wolfpack now could turn their search in a few different directions, notably toward LSU's John Brady or George Mason's Jim Larranaga. The search may be more wide open now that Texas' Rick Barnes and Calipari have chosen to stay at their current jobs.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.

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