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How UK’s Assistant Coaches Salaries Compare Around the Country

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After another 5-7 season, many fans are looking for changes in Stoops’ staff to shake things up.  After seeing how much money they make, many more might join in on the call for change.

USA Today compiled a database of all the assistants’ salaries in 2015.  D.J. Eliot makes $575,000 a year ranking him 48th, while Shannon Dawson comes in 59th at $550,000 a year.  Vince Marrow is the third-highest paid coach on staff, ranked 190 at $350,000 a year.  Compared to the rest of the nation, the Cats’ staff was the 30th highest paid coaching staff in the country.  The salaries of the two coordinators are just above the SEC assistants’ average salary of $449,000.

UofL has forked out a lot more money for their assistants.  Todd Grantham was the 6th-highest paid assistant at $1.3 million a year, and Garrick McGee was 19th at $850,000 a year.

The nation’s highest paid assistants won’t be assistants any longer.  Will Muschamp’s $1.6 million was the most any assistant made this year, with Kirby Smart tied for second alongside LSU’s Cam Cameron.  LSU was looking to relieve Les Miles of his duties, but the one who deserves it is Cam Cameron, a man who had Leonard Fournette but couldn’t get his offense ranked in the Top 50.

Salaries of assistants are obviously not based on merit, but what the market bears.  Kentucky is keeping up, but are they worth the money?  D.J. Eliot did an exceptional job with this year’s defense, excluding a few statements after the Vandy and UofL games that made the BBN collectively shake their head.  Shannon Dawson has to prove he’s worth in 2016 or he might not be around much longer.

USA Today

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for How UK’s Assistant Coaches Salaries Compare Around the Country



  1. leon singleton
    12:12 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    Vince Marrow is underpaid and Shannon Dawson should make a sanitation workers salary.



  2. roundball fool
    12:27 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah I’m not sure what caused the defensiveness on the part of Coach Stoops and his coordinators. Very disappointing. They bungled plenty this year and need to answer for it. Speaking of bungling, why on earth Barnhart felt the need to lock Stoops up with an extension is also troubling.

    Still, we have some great recruits and we’ve spent big bucks on facilities. I doubt we’ll see much in the way of staff changes at this point. Hang in there BBN. It’s got to get better. Right?

    Has anybody heard if Coach Stoops is going on KSR?



  3. dean winchester
    12:33 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    Not sure I would give Elliott a grade of “exceptional”, maybe a “c” for the year. Marrow and Ansley need a raise.



    • WeareBBN
      1:27 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

      I agree Dean. People use the excuse they are on the field alot. Well several times they were on the field because they constantly gave up 1st downs, lots of times on 3rd and 4th downs. That keeps you on the field as much as the O going 3 and out. We had no pass rush at all and did little to create turnovers. Was far from an exceptional effort.



    • roundball fool
      1:27 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

      And I third that emotion. Marrow has been a rock.



  4. ghostofrupp79
    12:54 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    Agreed, Marrow and Ansley need a raise.



  5. KTower
    1:50 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    In order to attract top talent the University has to pay attractive salaries.

    It looks like there is still a long way to go to get the pay up for the assistant coaches.

    In the end it boils down to talent and these assistant coaches need to haul in tough, talented players.



    • Leuther
      2:50 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

      It’s more than just talent. It’s also managing and developing the talent once you get it.

      Many of Ky’s supposed most “talented” have underachieve once they get on campus. See former 5 star defensive lineman, Matt Elam, for example…



  6. FunkyMonkey
    6:04 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    If I was Marrow’s agent I would demand a raise,… the program is on the ropes, tweeting with going over the cliff and he has them by the short hairs. If they lost him, they would be deeply hurt. Go for it Vince. If they are dumb enough to pay Dawson that and KEEPING him, they deserve sticking it to them. I’m your agent my good man.



  7. Howdy Doody
    10:48 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

    The whole dang bunch needs a salary cut. We keep on paying LOSERS a lot of money to LOSE.
    I for one do not want ANY of our Football Staff over paid for LOSIG.
    ANY employer would show the whole lot of ’em the door after the last three seasons.



    • KTower
      6:39 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

      That is silly……A Coaching staff needs a few seasons to develop and get a system in place. Stoops needs time and support from the fans. Stoops has been a winner at every stop. He was OC at Florida State. Kentucky lacks talent and depth.



  8. Howdy Doody
    12:31 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    Talk to me when you have lived thru 6 decades of really bad football…..