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Vince Marrow’s new contract details have been released

We all know Kentucky associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow received a significant raise after a back-and-forth between Kentucky and Michigan State, but just how much did he receive to return to Lexington?

This morning, Marrow’s contract details were made available by the UK Office of Legal Counsel, with the Kentucky football assistant now set to make $900,000 annually through the 2022 season.

Officially signed on Feb. 13 – one day before he officially announced his return to the school – Marrow now ranks among the highest-paid non-coordinators in all of college football, with Ohio State associate head coach Larry Johnson standing as the lone current coach to match Marrow’s salary.

According to the official contract details, Marrow will also have the following potential bonuses:

  • Non College Football Playoff (or its successor) Bowl Game results in bonus of (1) month’s Salary
  • SEC Championship Game appearance results in a bonus of one and one-half (1.5) months’ salary.
  • College Football Playoff (or its successor) Bowl Game results in a two (2) month bonus.
  • The incentive bonuses listed above shall not be cumulative, and Coach shall not be entitled to more than a single bonus in any one year. By way of illustration, if Coach’s team participates in the SEC Championship Game and also participates in the a Non College Football Playoff bowl, Coach shall receive a single incentive bonus equal to 1 1/2 months’ salary.

Should Marrow take another coaching position elsewhere, the Kentucky assistant will be forced to pay $150,000 per year for the remainder of his original agreement.

“Termination by coach for another coaching position: If Coach terminates this Agreement and accepts any other coaching position during the term (per Paragraph #2, above) of this Agreement, the Coach will pay to the University liquidated damages in the amount of $150,000 per year(s) remaining in the Agreement,” the contract states.

Marrow’s contract now matches the annual salary of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and surpasses defensive coordinator Brad White’s $875,000 salary for 2020 before also jumping to $900,000 during the 2021 season.

You can read the contract in its entirety here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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12 Comments for Vince Marrow’s new contract details have been released



  1. Cokely53
    1:28 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    I thought MSU offered 1 mil originally and UK matched it and then they upped their offer? Did we somehow decrease our offer in that time?



    • StillBP
      1:49 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

      they never really said how much, to my knowledge. Of course I only read KSR so I could’ve missed something. KSR only reported that ST was offering “close to a million” and then said UK “essentially matched” St’s offer. Then they did report St upping their offer but again I never saw an actual figure.



    • satcheluk
      2:28 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

      Matt always commented that UK “basically matched” or “in the vicinity of MSU’s offer”, always qualifying his comment making it clear it was close, but not eve nor equal to MSU’s offer. MSU countered UK’s counter with $1.2mm and Vince decided to come home for 30% pay.



  2. StuckinLville
    1:42 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    Gran and White shouldn’t have been making more than the Big Dog any way.



    • Irish son
      2:11 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

      I agree! Big dog is the man!



    • ukkatzfan
      2:52 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

      Coordinators get paid more. Sure other coaches will owe Vince a “thx for the raise” real soon.



  3. secrick
    1:52 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    That is a good salary. Not saying it’s to much but it’s enough.



  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:13 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    The only thing I don’t like is the single bonus clause. Most coaches get every bonus they earn.



    • makeitstop
      2:19 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

      It’s a graduated bonus, any bowl $75k; championship and a good bowl, $112k; CFP $150k. U can’t get a “non CFP” and “CFP” game in the same year. If u wanted to give another bonus it would hv to be for something like “top 25” v “top 10” class or finish but that’s leaving a lot up to someone else’s discretion. He’s got a good deal – and in Lexington a real good deal!



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:28 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

      But he could get the SEC and any other post season one together.



  5. makeitstop
    2:13 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    A contract “worth” a million includes benefits and salary. $900k salary plus benefits can easily be “worth” >$1m and non CFP bowl game should almost be a certainty and that’s $75k.



  6. UoKFB PHAN
    7:16 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like they finally threw the Big Dog some big bones! Good for him.