The renewed interest and backing of Kentucky Wildcats football is something that has been prevalent ever since Mark Stoops arrival. Today, some news broke that reinsured that this process will continue happening. Kyle Tucker, while looking for any new information on a basketball assistant hire, happened to stumble upon the football coaches directory. Come to find out, all of the assistants either received a raise, an extension, or both. While it might not seem like a lot, as most the extensions were only a year, it is something small that shows the administration is serious about getting the football program turned around. Check out the list of new salaries below.
Neal Brown – $550,000 – June 30, 2017 – No Raise, One Year Extension
D. J. Eliot – $500,000 – June 30, 2017 – No Raise, One Year Extension
Vince Marrow – $275,000 – June 30, 2016 – $100,000 Raise, One Year Extension
Derrick Ansley – $250,000- June 30, 2016 – $125,000 Raise, One Year Extension
Craig Naivar – $240,000 – June 30, 2016 – New To Staff, Initial Contract
Chad Scott – $240,000 – June 30, 2016 – $40,000 Raise, One Year Extension
Tommy Mainord – $225,000 – June 30, 2016 – $25,000 Raise, One Year Extension
John Schlarman – $225,000 – June 30, 2016 – $25,000 Raise, One Year Extension
Jimmy Brumbaugh – $200,000 – June 30, 2016 – $25,000 Raise, One Year Extension
With these raises and extensions, the football staff seems set through the 2016 season. Barring any surprise departures in the next few seasons, expect this group of men to go out and continue to recruit talent that has never been seen on the gridiron for the football team. Additionally, expect to see player development that has not been seen since Rich Brooks left for the greener pastures of retirement. The only difference between development under Brooks and development under Stoops is the starting point. That point will be significantly higher for Stoops and company. So fans, enjoy watching this staff transform this team from doormat to powerhouse. It’s going to be a fun ride!