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Stay Home, Big Dog: Marrow is ‘irreplaceable’ in Lexington

Vince Marrow is as important to Kentucky as bourbon and race horses.

‘Recruit and Develop’ is the mantra adopted by the Kentucky Football coaching staff. The program’s emphasis on both has resulted in a 10-win season, two consecutive bowl wins and Governor’s Cup victories, and an upward trajectory in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference.

Mark Stoops has gained national attention by identifying talent early on in the process and recruiting his home state of Ohio. His go-to man in the Buckeye state and beyond has been Vince Marrow. Marrow has successfully extended UK’s home recruiting base northward and signed a significant portion of UK’s roster including a plethora of program defining players. Forever connected to the Youngstown native are the likes of Lynn Bowden, Benny Snell, Mike Edwards, CJ Conrad, Lonnie Johnson, and so, so many more. He’s also played a key role in-state by inking a majority of the Commonwealth’s best players. In other words, Marrow is irreplaceable.

Sources tell KSR that Michigan State has already reached out to Marrow to be its lead recruiter. Cats Illustrated’s Justin Rowland tweeted that MSU could offer Marrow close to a million per year. Can or will Kentucky match that figure? I’ll go to my favorite phrase here: “We’ll see.”

Vince Marrow is much more than a recruiter. He’s also more than an associate head coach, tight end coach, and NFL liaison. The Big Dog is the personality behind “The New Kentucky Football.” No longer selling an abstract dream to prospect, it is Marrow that has reminded the BBN that it’s OK to be good and know it. It’s Vince that isn’t afraid to speak his mind during the Governor’s Cup week and embrace the rivalry. It’s the Big Dog that has sold Kentucky as a “Cool” destination for recruits.

It is Marrow that discusses the once impossible task of competing for a Southeastern Conference title. It is Vince that preaches the importance of staying home for in-state recruits and the benefits of their 40-year decision. Most importantly, it’s the man Vince Marrow that is a father figure to so many players that desperately need a role model in their life.

Will he go or will he stay? At this point nobody knows other than the man himself. For this, I am sure: Vince Marrow is irreplaceable and his contribution to the Kentucky Football program is immeasurable. Mark Stoops is the best UK head coach during my lifetime of following the Big Blue. Marrow has been by his side since the beginning. The Stoops/Marrow combination has proved to be historical and is on the verge of an unimaginable level of going into the new decade. I’m being 100% selfish with this request but I’m going to say it… Stay Home, Big Dog!

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

17 Comments for Stay Home, Big Dog: Marrow is ‘irreplaceable’ in Lexington

  1. FactsOnlyDude
    3:37 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Was he EVER offered the job at Youngstown State? Why won’t anyone answer? I think I know the answer.

    • Middy
      7:25 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      Does it matter? Does anyone even care if he was offered Youngstown? Freddie has better insight to how things work internally than anyone on this site. The only thing that truly matters as Freddie states… his contributions are immeasurable and he is irreplaceable. After decades of mostly misery, we’re in a position to truly compete toe to toe in the SEC. Mitch needs to make sure we see this through. Pay the Big Dog!

    • StillBP
      9:09 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

      Facts only is probably a Georgia fan still mad about that Eddie Gran job offer “scandal”

  2. classof68
    3:40 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    UK will pay him a million and one dollars, and he will stay.

  3. UKfansNKY
    3:41 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    FactsOnly, YES, he was! actually interviewed.

  4. UKfansNKY
    3:42 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink


  5. bcp99
    4:22 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Michigan State has already hired Mel Tucker

    • bcp99
      4:24 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink


    • nocode96
      5:33 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

      Michigan State wishes they could disregard that hire too.

  6. ttabor
    4:24 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Pay the man!

  7. BlueKyMike
    6:42 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    I say if Mich St is offering a million, we should give him 1.5 million. Show other schools and recruits, we want him here. Make it so the only way he leaves is for a head coaching job at a good school. And when that day happens, I wish him the sucess and experience he deserves, so that if Stoops retires or leaves, we have a experienced, successful coach to go after.

  8. trumpetguy
    11:21 pm February 12, 2020 Permalink

    Yep, all the above.

  9. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:17 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Losing Marrow will not only lose his recruiting it will also take all of his connections to a B1G school that boarders OH. We need OH to stay successful and paying more will attract better coaches when an opening emerges.

  10. kjd
    7:11 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Well said, Freddie.
    Best contributor on KSR.

  11. Lewis
    8:08 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    We all love you Big Dog and wouldn’t blame you to leave to make significantly more money but please say you’ll stay when Mitch ante’s up because I’m sure he will. C’mon Mitch, act quickly. I know he would be making as much or more than OC/DC, but surely they want him bringing them great players. Hoping for great news today.

  12. bbn606
    9:38 am February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Drew Pearson doesn’t think much of Mel Tucker. Called him a con man and liar in the recruitment of his grandson.