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.