It’s going to cost Kentucky a pretty penny to revamp its offense this offseason.
Sunday afternoon the University of Kentucky announced the football program is moving forward without offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw after five seasons. Even though the statement said the parties “mutually agreed” to go different ways, the assistants aren’t leaving for free.
Last year Gran agreed to a one-year extension through 2023. Kentucky will owe still owe Gran the remaining $2.35 million left on his contract, while Hinshaw is owed $750,000.
Kentucky may not be completely on the hook for the entire $3.1 million tab. If either takes a new coaching job before the UK contracts expire, the new gig will offset a portion of the buyout.
In a year where COVID-19 has tightened college budgets across the country, Kentucky is still willing to invest a significant amount of money in Mark Stoops’ assistant coaches.
“I’ve had full support and I don’t anticipate that changing,” Stoops said Sunday afternoon. “I feel like I’ll have the full support to do what’s necessary. We have to. We’re competing in this league and I don’t need to tell y’all what it’s like.”