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KSR SOURCES: Kentucky extends counteroffer to Vince Marrow

The ball is now in Vince Marrow’s court.

According to KSR sources, the Kentucky football program has extended a counteroffer to UK associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow that is “essentially equivalent” to the offer Michigan State has prepared.

“Sources tell KSR that UK has returned with a counteroffer to Vince Marrow that is essentially equivalent to the Michigan St. offer,” KSR’s Matt Jones wrote on Twitter. “Now it’s just about what he wants to do.”

Last night, KSR broke the news that UK head coach Mark Stoops returned from a trip one day early to meet with Marrow in an attempt to convince him to stay at Kentucky.

We then reported on Wednesday afternoon that Michigan State is offering Marrow enough money to make him “one of the two highest-paid non-offensive/defensive coordinator assistants in America,” with Justin Rowland of adding that the Spartans could afford to give their new associate head coach – Marrow’s potential position – upwards of $1,000,000 annually and that a decision was expected in the next 48 hours.

With a counteroffer in place, the waiting game begins now.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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58 Comments for KSR SOURCES: Kentucky extends counteroffer to Vince Marrow

  1. UKfansNKY
    11:11 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Thank God! Thank you KY and Mitch! PLEASE STAY COACH!

    • JohnnyCat
      8:29 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      Just go ahead and make him the assistant head coach already. Give him that 7 figures and a lifetime deal like Stoops. Maybe name a racehorse after him and part ownership…

  2. StillBP
    11:13 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Big Dawg, if you’re reading this (which I’m certain you are not, but still), they can’t love you the way BBN loves you. You’re a legend around here, always will be!

  3. CrystalBall
    11:27 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    How about throwing in a 4 bedroom home, three new cars, and groceries for 2 years.

  4. bbn606
    11:43 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    I guess it’s about supply and demand and he is in demand.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      12:52 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      It’s always about supply and demand in a capitalistic society.

  5. RealCatsFan
    12:07 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    I hope they threw the Big Dog a big, meaty bone.

  6. ukkatzfan
    12:11 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Need to beat the offer to show you mean it. Forget about matching anyone. All you are saying by matching is “ They want you as much as we do “. Exceeding the offer says “ no one loves you as much as we do and we are sorry for having underpaid you”. I wouldnt blame Vince for saying “ I am going to take your salary match to light a fire under this Big Dogs Butt to get out of town”

  7. EastKYCAT
    12:12 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    This is huge. If Big Dog stays, that means more than just recruiting. These kids are developing bonds with this guy. Big Dog is the reason kids come and stay. Now with the Portal rule, kids can leave anytime they want. I believe Marries is a great recruiter, but more importantly Marrow is was these kids need to develop and grow as people and athletics. But we all know this that follow the team closely. Stay Big Dog!!!!

    • Dark Soul
      12:15 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Well said. At least if he does leave I wont be as pissed at Mitch

  8. Righteous1
    12:20 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    If UK can pony up for Ambassador Calipari and his multi-million dollar staff, then UK should exceed the offer from MSU! Remember, football surpassed basketball starting in 2016 for revenue and profit at UK and football is on the verge of potentially tripling what basketball brings in.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:50 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      There a “few” more seats in Kroger Field than Rupp, I know math is hard but maybe when you get to high school you can devote more time to studies and less on your obsession with Cal hate.

    • Middy
      1:53 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      I agree there no reason to bag on either program or any coach. They both important sports to UK… but seating has little to do with why football brings in more money. Our portion of television rights to SEC football dwarfs any gate money.

    • StillBP
      1:03 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      right, 4ever?!? If only we could play basketball at Kroger Field.

    • CPACAT
      1:21 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      4Ever – We don’t sell out Rupp now for most games during the season (those days are long gone); only a handful of complete sell outs so far this year. Playing at a larger venue would just get you 40K empty seats for most games.

    • friendsofcoal
      12:39 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      Play basketball on Kroger field and drop the ticket prices to $20 each and the stadium would sellout almost every game.

    • RealCatsFan
      1:26 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      I think you have to factor in that there are fewer games being played at Kroger Field, and also the relative novelty of having a competitive football team for a change. But of course Wrongeous1 (is this really a butthurt Rick Pitino?) would prefer that we slash Cal’s salary in half, or maybe hire some mid-major coach to come in and run this program the right way. As I recall, that worked really well when we hired that guy who lived and breathed basketball from down in Texas.

    • StillBP
      1:45 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not saying our bball team would sell out at Kroger Field, but there are a lot of factors that would affect tickets sold. Sure, we don’t sell out at Rupp now and that’s partly because you can get a better view from your TV. No one wants to buy nose bleed seats. There are quite a few more lover level seats at Kroger Field w a much better view than upper level Rupp. And not having to go downtown is a bonus, along with more parking around it.

      Of course this isn’t happening so it’s kind of pointless to talk about.

    • 4everUKBlue
      2:52 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks BP, I was hoping someone with some common sense would show up here.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:11 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      I think you missed the point CPA, glad you’re not handling my taxes.

    • satcheluk
      6:11 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      UK basketball has never been close in revenue with UK football even when we sucked. Here is an article from 2012 that shows even in our National Championship Year football produced 30% more revenue and the disparity as grown.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:58 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      I believe that it’s true for most every program that football generates more revenue than any other sport. And who really cares, both programs are bringing in tons of money, it’s not like we have a case flow problem.

  9. mashburnfan1
    12:21 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Think he stays. To go to MSU is starting all over again without being the HC. Don’t think he would mind starting over if he is the HC but why do it from the same position. He is at a place that he and Stoops already built into something so he stays to finish it. Also wonder what he has told recruits as he is a man of his word. He may have been up front and told them he could leave before they do, that is my guess. But now is not that time for a lateral move to a worse conference.

    • StillBP
      1:06 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Shouldn’t recruits already know he *could* leave before they do? He doesn’t know when job offers will come, surely people have enough common sense to know that he may take one some day if he desires.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:54 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      BP you trying to use common sense on mashbum?

  10. Heavy C
    12:22 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Wonder what the timeline is on this?

  11. clarks
    12:32 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    No brainer if the money is the same, he will be back. When he leaves it will be for head coaching job, glad to see uk step up for one of our coaches.

  12. Jesus H. Chrysler
    12:32 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Zero chance he leaves. His word is his bond with recruits & players. Little alone to Stoops’ mother. BBB Appreciates ya Big Dawg!

    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:00 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Those are great reasons to be here, but if he feels he is being undervalued them he needs something like this to help get his market value established. Based on everything that people are saying, his ability to attract talent may demand that market value. However, the market is what determines value. If he doesn’t have people in the market that are willing to pay that much for him for the same responsibilities, it’s very difficult to convince your boss that the market value exists .

  13. TonyMontana
    12:50 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    When you hear that Kentucky “Essentially” matched the offer, that really sounds like they did not exactly match the offer. Marrow can take the MSU job and catapult that into an even bigger job. We already know he aspires to be heach coach somewhere. I’m kinda mad at the disrespect Marrow has been shown here. We should have given him a raise long before the Youngstown job came up. Hopefully our offer makes him happy.

    A $1M contract from UK would put Marrow at #13 in the SEC in Coordinators / Assistant Coach pay. (Based on last seasons numbers)

    • Bluebloodtoo
      12:54 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      You don’t want marrow to stay because they are the highest bidder. You want him to stay because he wants to be here, but you have to be very close in the offer terms to isolate that decision.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      12:55 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      There will always be a higher bidder. You’ll be doing this dance every year if you always match. At some point they need to choose where they want to be for a reason other than money/ benefits.

    • Middy
      1:56 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      He has been getting raises every year. Pretty sure his pay has doubled since coming aboard. Can’t fault Mitch for that. A $1 million offer is an outlier for his position … one he deserves.

  14. 2Dogs
    1:08 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    UK had to do this. They cracked themselves a few years ago when they wouldn’t pony up the money to keep Guy Morriss here.

    • RealCatsFan
      1:22 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      HaHa, more than a few years ago (closer to 12), but I know what you mean, and I agree. Wow, how the time flies…

    • ClutchCargo
      1:50 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Morriss left after the 2002 season, so almost 18 years. Time does fly!

  15. Righteous1
    1:10 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    I think Marrow stays and takes the Vanderbilt job for 2021. I believe it will be open after this upcoming season.

  16. BluKudzu
    2:01 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Same money?
    Lexington SEC >East Lansing B1G.
    By far, not even close.

  17. secrick
    2:22 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Please Guy Morris, good guy but not a head coach we needed.

    • 2Dogs
      3:54 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      7-5 in year 2. I though he was pretty solid at the time.

  18. bird whisperer
    2:25 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Thank goodness they see his value. I sure hope and pray Big Dog choses to stay!!!

  19. paulfinebaumsears
    3:47 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Always remember, we loath Bear Bryant over a car.

    • CrystalBall
      5:49 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

      You are thinking of the 1950 AP article, paul, where Bear Bryant made a joke at some type of luncheon meeting about UK giving
      Rupp a car and he got a lighter. Rupp did not get a car until 1955 and it was from boosters and not the University. This story
      was just that. A story.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:00 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      From what I’ve heard, we loath (lost) Bear over him having an affair with Gov. Chandler’s daughter Mimi.

  20. paulfinebaumsears
    3:52 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink


  21. classof68
    4:17 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Sources say not only did Mitch offer more money but also (and this is big) – bought backstage passes for for Vinny to meet Sir Elton John after his concert at Rupp in June. That should make it a no brainer.

  22. robman181
    5:00 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    He should have offered more even if just a little to prove a point.

  23. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    5:25 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    We’ve all seen this movie several times. Vince is working ole Mitch for another big pay raise, which is smart on his part. No chance he leaves.

  24. satcheluk
    11:04 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    If he leaves because of money, I will highly upset.

  25. friendsofcoal
    12:46 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

    Why would he leave if the money is the same? Also, what if this new coach fails miserably at MSU? What would that do to The Big Dawgs future on getting a really good head job? I say no way he leaves Lex.

    • satcheluk
      6:22 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      Because it has taken another coach to offer Vince his value before UK ponied up with a match. UK did what good employers do. A great employer would have calculated his market value (my company does this) annually and stayed at the front end of the salary curve PROACTIVELY. That’s how you let your employee know how much you respect them. Proactive vs reactive. That’s why I’ve been at this company longer than any in my life. I never have to ask for a raise. I get one every year and I never have to wonder how much they value me.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:02 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      Great point satchel!

  26. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:01 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

    Hope he stays, but I fully understand if he doesn’t. Michigan State has proven it can get to the playoffs, while Kentucky has no chance to get there.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:05 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

      I said UK has no chance to get to the final 4, but they do. I also said don’t compare the success of football program to the success of basketball program as some wrongous nitwit does on a regular basis.

  27. BigBlueFoo42777
    7:54 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

    Michigan State is done being able to recruit with or without the big dog. Tucker should have stayed where he was also. They have to many skeletons in the closet to be good again in our life time.vince ain’t going to much st.

  28. 13th. Grade
    9:38 am February 14, 2020 Permalink

    They keep talking about the Marrow-Tucker friendship and their ties to Ohio. However, this is the same situation he has with Stoops. Sometimes good friends don’t make good coworkers. Vince already knows he and Stoops work well together.

  29. ukkatzfan
    3:59 pm February 14, 2020 Permalink

    4pm on a Friday now. This is the hour U6 had the negative announcements. Crossing fingers still though.