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The Cost of Gran and Hinshaw’s Buyout

Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Britney Howard | UK Athletics

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.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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22 Comments for The Cost of Gran and Hinshaw’s Buyout



  1. 206Bones
    3:15 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    So what should be said is that Stoops cost the university an additional $3.1 mil.



    • KYCat4EVER
      8:05 am December 8, 2020 Permalink

      Incorrect 206Bones… Stoops did not cost the University any additional money…

      MITCH BARNHART cost this Univesity and Keeps costing this University and it’s fan base!

      -let Tubby Smith stay at UK far too long until Tubby, himself hopped a plane to Minneapolis!
      The years have shown Tubby was never on the Kentucky level and won his championship with Pitino Players: Barnhart had no clue!

      B) after Rich Brooks Advanced our Football Program despite Mitch refusing to put the money on to it that Brooks outwardly demanded… Mitch Barnhart announces Joker Phillips, who had NO Head Coaching experience, as Coach Brooks replacement… two years before Brooks retires! We ALL know how THAT turned out!

      C) Mitch Barnhart hired Mark Stoops… and three consecutive offensive coordinators…
      UKs football program sees Wins, Respect, and Recruiting climb to levels not seen at UK since the Bear was here. But a “telling loss to Georgia” three years ago in Lexington clearly showed to all who watched that game… where the “Stoops Ceiling” lies… and we hit it. Barnhart has stayed on the Stoops Train too long and our program’s reputation is falling fast!

      Mitch should have hit the Reset Button two years ago and used our rare vaulted position to get a TOP coach in to Kentucky to take us to that next level! Didn’t do that and here we are… a doormat looking to build respect… but Stoops Ceiling isn’t going to ever get us to that tier in the SEC!

      MITCH BARNHART is THEE ISSUE at Kentucky.. and BBN better wake up to that fact too because our highly respected Basketball Program is suffering “Diminished Returns” because, once again, Mitch Barnhart is far too slow to make a move!

      GONE BIG BLUE



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:54 pm December 8, 2020 Permalink

      Hey let’s take up a Collection and help ‘em all get out of Lex…I’ll start with my $2’s…who’s IN…!



  2. KentuckyBoy
    3:16 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    “We’re competing in this league and I don’t need to tell y’all what it’s like.” Sorry coach, the numbers tell a different story.



    • KYJelly
      4:33 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      The numbers …. this season. Make no mistake, we are competitive with SEC teams that we couldn’t touch years ago before Stoops came along



    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      9:44 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      In my best Maury Povich voice: 63 – 3 says that is a lie and Nick Saban is Mark Stoops Daddy



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:52 pm December 8, 2020 Permalink

      Still drinking that Terry “Turnover” Wilson Kool-aid aren’t you…LOL…!



  3. Bluebloodtoo
    3:51 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    3.1M is not a very big number for a buyout. It’s for an OC and QBC, but still. Any year other than a covid year and this wouldn’t be a problem.



  4. 77CatFan
    3:53 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    $3.1 million but no special teams coach? Stupid stupid stupid
    Stoops will never win the East.



  5. gasman01
    3:54 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    I was not a fan of either, but If Stoops doesn’t stay out of the offense, Lincoln Riley could not turn this around…..



  6. Jayy
    4:09 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    UK was just begging in an email to donate money to the University last week. Glad I didn’t fall for that one.



  7. jaknfo90
    5:12 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    That is the truth of it, with a couple of exceptions UK football games under Stoops have not been something to enjoy offensively. He needs to focus on the organization of the game and let the coordinators do their jobs, especially on offense.



  8. RealCatsFan
    5:32 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    This is why I just can’t muster up much sympathy for these guys. Losing a job sucks for anyone, but even Hinshaw’s buyout of $750K is more than probably 85% of US families can save in their 401K over their lifetime. We have millions of people who are out of a job and very likely to be out on the streets after the first of the year, but people who coach a GAME make enough in one year to provide a lifetime’s worth of economic stability for most families. Something is broken…



    • UKinIN
      6:59 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      So tired of this argument. Politicians raise hundreds of millions of dollars for campaigns that fail and no one bats an eye. Coaches make what the Market will pay. If you think coaches are overpaid then, quit watching games, quit following sports blogs, and get started on your #endallsports movement.



    • Go Deep
      12:02 pm December 8, 2020 Permalink

      Or better yet, get started on becoming a coach yourself or shut up about it.



  9. Bluenblood
    5:37 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    The product could be better but Stoopsie has given us some f’n big f’n wins. Bowden was unreal ant the Bowl Game incredible. Penn State awesome. Take good look at yourself commentators and if you’d hit the heights Stoops hit i bet you’d be proud Stick your comments up your a$$ and e njoy the journey. GO CATS



    • BobbyBlue
      7:22 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      Getting more and more difficult to tell all of the trolls from plain old dumb aces on the KSR blogs.



  10. bbn606
    7:28 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    Under normal circumstances these team would have been 8-4 which was one more win than last regular season. We lost the two games added and we would have been 4-0 against Looserville and the 3 cupcakes. If that had happened, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.



    • UKinIN
      7:43 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not convinced UK would have beaten U of L. At least not easily. U of L has put up yards and points all season. If UK could shut them down, easy win. If UK had to outscore them, I don’t know. But U of L is putting those numbers up in the ACC so make what you will of that.



    • bigbowdennation
      8:34 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      U of L had an explosive offense but an atrocious defense. We could’ve beaten them



    • kjd
      8:21 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

      IF! Now, back to reality. A losing record in the SEC as usual.



  11. Section233
    9:02 pm December 7, 2020 Permalink

    Great move Stoops. Keep it up! We keep getting better and better. Next year will be a blast. QB competition is on!
    Go Cats!