John Calipari has a bonus in his contract tied to the graduation rate of his team

John Calipari

When the men’s Final Four coaches face off this weekend, more than bragging rights will be at stake. Collectively, the coaches stand to gain up to $1 million in tournament bonuses. But less visible will be the bonuses the four can get for making sure the athletes meet academic goals, including graduation. Only Kentucky’s has that kind of bonus: up to $100,000 if 75% of his players graduate. Calipari’s academic bonus is among the highest in Division I men’s basketball.

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