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Kentucky Football assistants get contract extensions

The Wildcats are locking down their coaches for a few more years.

The Kentucky Wildcats football program has released three of its contract extensions for three of its most important assistants.

Eddie Gran, Vince Marrow, and wide receivers coach Michael Smith were all awarded a raise and an extension after the Citrus Bowl victory this season and the contracts were finalized just last week.

Vince Marrow’s extension was released last Sunday and it was a reported three-year extension. Marrow’s new contract is worth $600,000 per year, and increasing an extra $25,000 for each year of the contract. Marrow deserves that money as he is the current tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator, and new associate head coach. Marrow would have made $475,000 this season prior to his new contract.

Eddie Gran turned down Georgia back in January and not much longer, Gran signed a new three-year contract worth $900,000 per year. Gran will also receive an extra $25,000 per year after his 2019 season.

Michael Smith will be getting a $50,000 raise, bringing his 2019 salary to $450,000 per year. This comes after just one season on the staff at Kentucky, but he was Lynn Bowden’s coach, so I am all for throwing the money at him.

There are bonuses included for reaching a non-playoff bowl game, which is one month’s salary. Reaching the SEC title game is worth 1.5 months salary. And reaching the College Football Playoff is worth two months salary.

Buyouts are included for each coach as well. Vince Marrow and Eddie Gran would owe Kentucky $150,000 for each year left on their contract if they were to leave, and Michael Smith would owe $100,000 for each year remaining on his contract.