The University of Kentucky has significantly increased the salaries of the top two assistants on new football coach Mark Stoops' staff over what their predecessors were making.
According to their contracts, new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown will make $550,000 a year. New defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot will earn $500,000.
Last season on the coaching staff of former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips, both offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and defensive coordinator Rick Minter earned $338,000 a year.
Stoops, the former Florida State defensive coordinator, will also make more than Phillips was making. The new UK head man will earn around $2.2 million a season, whereas Phillips was earning around $1.7 million.
Both Brown, a former UK wide receiver who was offensive coordinator at Texas Tech last season and Eliot, who coached with Stoops at Florida State, received three-year contracts that will run through the 2015 season and expire on June 30, 2016.
New Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman, the ex-UK offensive guard and former Troy University assistant, will make $200,000 a season on a two-year contract. His predecessor on Phillips' staff, the more experienced Mike Summers, earned $293,000.
In 2011, the last year for which records are available, there were eight Southeastern Conference assistants earning more than $550,000.
The Herald-Leader obtained the contracts of Brown, Eliot and Schlarman through an open-records request.
Mark Story: (859) 231-3230. Twitter: @markcstory. Blog: markstory.bloginky.com Staff writer Linda Blackford contributed to this article.