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Vince Marrow could be a candidate for the Youngstown State head coaching vacancy

Youngstown State is looking for a new head football coach.

Bo Pelini, a childhood friend of Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow, is leaving the FCS program to become Ed Orgeron’s defensive coordinator. Pelini previously won a National Championship as LSU’s defensive coordinator from 2005-07.

The vacancy in his hometown could entice Marrow to jump into a head coaching role. As Kentucky fans know all too well, Marrow is an excellent recruiter in the area. There’s no doubt in my mind he could find enough players to win quickly. Success at Youngstown State has turned into big jobs for other former coaches of the Penguins. Jim Tressel won four FCS titles before winning a BCS title with Ohio State. Pelini will be getting paid around $2.5 million a year to call LSU’s defense after taking Youngstown State to an FCS Championship Game.

If Marrow is approached by Youngstown State, it wouldn’t be the first time another school called Stoops’ righthand man. UK’s associate head coach previously turned down the opportunity to be Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting coordinator at Michigan. The connection Marrow shares with his old friend may supersede any connection to his hometown school.

There are also monetary considerations in taking this job. Pelini was paid just over $213,000 when he first took the Youngstown State job, a price that was easy to accept because Nebraska still owed him $128,000 a month for five years. Marrow made $600,900 in 2019 — nearly three times more than Pelini’s starting YSU salary — and is set to make more than $625,000 in 2020.

There’s one other facet of the equation that may eliminate Marrow from consideration. When Bo Pelini signed a contract extension in 2019, he brought in his brother, Carl Pelini, to call the defense. According to FootballScoop, that included an implicit agreement that Carl would eventually succeed Bo at YSU.

The dust is still settling from Bo Pelini’s departure in Youngstown. If the reins aren’t immediately handed over to his brother, Marrow will almost certainly be on Youngstown State’s short list of candidates. It would not be the first time a Mark Stoops assistant has been considered for a head coaching job elsewhere.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 Comments for Vince Marrow could be a candidate for the Youngstown State head coaching vacancy

  1. Newtype
    5:14 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    And take a pay cut? Pffff6

  2. cats646
    5:17 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Give this man whatever he wants to keep him here!!!!!!

  3. UKCatAttack
    5:37 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Wow reading that was a waste of time. 100% speculation just because Vince Marrow is from Youngstown. Nick that’s not good journalism. You are creating a rumor with that article. I think this article should be removed from the site until Youngstown reaches out to Marrow or until Marrow reaches out to them.

    • nocode96
      6:02 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

      Spot on, Nick does this type of garbage “journalism” all the time.

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      9:35 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

      Precisely. This article is worse than a shared Facebook story from the resident cat lady at any office in America.

      “Here’s what COULD happen. Now here are a bunch of reasons it probably won’t. But it could!”

  4. dhard
    6:01 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Give him a substantial raise, today.

  5. ClutchCargo
    6:05 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Why is everybody freaking out over pure speculation? Even the title of the article says “could be.”

  6. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:10 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink


  7. Miller45
    6:18 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    The gossip hype train

  8. JASUN74
    6:30 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    I truly believe Vince loves it here. He’s been on of the big reasons Kentucky has become a Great Big Time Program, he’s loved by the whole State and I honestly think he likes being here with his friend Mark Stoops.

    IF, someone comes along and offers him, we need to do whatever we can to keep the big fella. I can’t remember a Guy being at Kentucky that has worked harder and is absolutely loved by the fans, the State and kids on the team as much as Vince Marrow. He’s already an all timer for us and his legend is growing every year. We need to keep the Big Dog no matter what.

    Go Cats, and Go the hell away if you’re trying to steal Vince! Hahaha.

    • CrystalBall
      10:51 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

      A hundred Amens to that, JASUN74.

  9. bbn606
    7:09 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    If Marrow leaves, it won’t be for a cut in salary no matter what the title of the job is. Youngstown can5 afford him.

  10. gasman01
    10:27 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops and Barnhart will not let him leave.

  11. Urincatland
    2:50 am January 28, 2020 Permalink

    We need to keep Big-Dog in Lexington.

  12. UKfansNKY
    9:23 am January 28, 2020 Permalink