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Mark Stoops returns to Lexington to convince Vince Marrow to stay at Kentucky

Mark Stoops is returning to Lexington this afternoon to convince the Big Dog to stay at Kentucky.

According to KSR’s own Matt Jones, the Kentucky head coach is returning from a trip one day early to meet with UK associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow in hopes of convincing him to stay.

This morning, KSR broke the news that newly-hired Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker has “reached out” to Marrow in hopes of bringing Kentucky’s ace recruiter in as a key member of the program’s new coaching staff in East Lansing.

“Sources tell KSR that Michigan State has reached out to Vince Marrow to join new coach Mel Tucker’s staff as the lead recruiter,” Jones wrote on Twitter this morning. “The Michigan State-Marrow situation is definitely one to watch. Marrow and Tucker are good friends, both with strong Ohio ties Keep your fingers crossed [Big Blue Nation].”

“Take the Marrow-Michigan State stuff seriously,” he continued in a follow-up tweet.

KSR then reported this 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.

Will the Kentucky football department match what Michigan State attempts to throw at the Big Dog?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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26 Comments for Mark Stoops returns to Lexington to convince Vince Marrow to stay at Kentucky

  1. Heavy C
    4:38 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Dont mean to go all Cliche, but this is a pivotal point in this program. I’m all about doing whatever it takes to keep him, but man that’s a pile if money.

  2. Gus Chiggins
    4:50 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    If he keeps considering all these offers then he’s looking for a way out or a raise.

    • gobble gobble
      5:22 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      Considering Michigan State reached out to Marrow, there’s zero logic to the possibility of him wanting out… makes no sense. As for a raise, same thing… they reached out to him on both occasions… but who doesn’t want a raise?

    • mashburnfan1
      5:28 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      If he wanted a way out he could have left long ago to Michigan. He is here to do the job but anyone would be stupid to not listen to offers in any profession. He gets these offers because he has been greet at what he does. So far he has stayed loyal to UK and Stoops but at some point he will move on since he has stated he wants to be a HC.

    • Wild Turkey 101
      7:13 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      The timing may hold Marrow back from going elsewhere, the ink isn’t dry on the commitments.

  3. Heavy C
    5:10 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Someone offers to nearly double your salary. You listening? To my knowledge he isnt advertising or soliciting. He’s getting this attention because of the job he has done.

  4. Rick_S
    5:10 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    He will stay..just wants more $$$$$

    • TonyMontana
      7:24 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      Wants more? You mean deserves more. There’s over a dozen assistants in the SEC alone pulling down million dollar + contracts. He is UK. Recruiting would nosedive without him. To put it into perspective, there are 4 assistant coaches at Tennessee making more than him. Come on!

  5. gobble gobble
    5:28 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Barnhart should DEFINITELY match MSU’s offer. Didn’t we get $44 million for being in the SEC last year?

    • gobble gobble
      5:29 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      I’d say $1 million of that a year would be a great investment, considering Marrow’s importance

    • J. Did
      6:07 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      I concur. Keep Vince Marrow. Pay him what he wants plus bonuses tied to recruiting and coaching goals. Love Vince marrow. He is Key.

  6. dcforuk
    5:44 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Critical point in UK football future history (yes, that would make Yogi proud)!

  7. Rick_S
    6:03 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Pay him 1mil and thats it..We have to save the rest for coach Cal..

    • channell
      7:55 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      Take away from Cal and give to Vince. Now that makes sense.

    • Bluehender
      8:08 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      That makes absolutely NO sense..UK has plenty of money..

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:58 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Not only that Bluehender, but as much fun as UK football has improved we will never win a national championship or even make it to the final 4 so let’s not try to compare the football program to the basketball program. Only mashbum is that stupid or maybe Rick_S too.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:06 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Please explain why Clemson can do it, but not UK. I couldn’t disagree more.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:47 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      To even be in the conversation with him what Cal has done he would need to get to just one final four. I don’t have to tell you Clutch how many final fours Cal has been to and has won one championship, not to mention how many times we’ve finished in the top 8 in the country. So not in my life and probably not yours if anyone’s.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:47 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Just keeping it real, but it’s ok to dream too.

  8. channell
    7:53 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    If UK can pay Stoops 5 million a year they can up Marrow to 1 mil. Uk will need to recognize who brought the success to UK. I think they know. In years past they would not spend the money to build the program and now have spent millions so I think they will make sure the money is there.

  9. friendsofcoal
    11:19 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    If it takes another 350k to keep him in Lex then Stoops should drop his salary by that amount and have Mitch kick it to the big dawg.

  10. trumpetguy
    11:50 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    $how upcoming recruit$ that UK football is very real and not going away. Coach $toop$ $hould make thi$ happen!

  11. dan1965
    2:52 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Plain and simple he deserves the money with the recruiter he brings in,so again,to me its a simple question, Can we afford it ?
    If so,SHOW HIM THE MONEY $$$$!

  12. Urincatland
    4:10 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    We need you in Lexington Big Dog!

  13. BluKudzu
    4:38 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    If Ohio is where the talent in this program comes from, VM has to be part of this program.
    Talk about brilliant coaching all you want, having some great players makes coaches look brilliant.
    Vince Marrow has earned the University some of those millions, he deserves some of that back.
    UK would not have been meaningful in football without him.

  14. Megan
    1:55 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Jack, an Illinois grammar Nazi note: Don’t use a hyphen after words ending in -ly (see Chicago Style Manual). Newly hired, not newly-hired. It’s not needed to prevent the ambiguity that sometimes occurs with compound modifiers.

    I hate Illinois grammar Nazis.