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Vince Marrow turns down Youngstown State, will stay at Kentucky

This was the first real head-coaching interest Marrow has gotten at UK.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats just got some great news, Vince Marrow will not be taking the head coaching position at Youngstown State.

After spending seven seasons with multiple coaching titles in Lexington, Marrow is set to return for an eighth season that could be another very special one in at UK, thanks in large part to his recruiting efforts.

“Hey BBN I love and appreciate you guys more than you know,” Marrow said in a tweet announcing his return. “It’s been a pleasure working for UK fans across the country. That said my desire to stay in the Commonwealth is greater than my desire to return to Youngstown and be Head Coach.”

Marrow has coached all over the place and at all levels during his career. Since 2005, Marrow has coached in high school for a year, college for 10 years (Toledo, Nebraska, and Kentucky), and for three more years at the pro level at NFL Europe and the UFL.

Marrow was a successful player as well. After being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1992, Marrow played for five teams during seven seasons in the NFL and won two Super Bowls.

Marrow has worked under many titles for UK but has spent the majority of his time as the tight ends coach. On top of that, he’s been the team’s recruiting coordinator, NFL liaison, and was named associate head coach in 2019.

Stoops and Marrow were close growing up as they played on the same high school team, and Kentucky’s head coach has been high on Vince since his arrival.

“His diverse experiences as a coach and NFL player will be invaluable to our players and our program. He also is a great recruiter, especially with his outstanding connections in Ohio,” said Stoops after Marrow was hired in 2013.

Stoops was right, as Marrow has had a profound impact on recruiting and his players. The Wildcats’ last seven recruiting classes are among the best they’ve ever had, and a lot of that goes back to Marrow’s influence.

With four bowl game appearances through his tenure, including wins in the Citrus Bowl and the Belk Bowl, Marrow has been a big part of one of the best stretches in UK football history, and he’ll look to continue that in 2020 with a team that could earn preseason top-25 rankings.