When Mark Stoops hired friend and former colleague Eddie Gran to take over Kentucky’s offense, it was more than just about calling plays.
“He’s a seasoned veteran,” UK’s head coach explained Monday. “Eddie will assist with me in assistant head coach duties because he has that kind of experience and expertise, and it will be good to have.”
For his veteran status, and the fancy new title of assistant head coach of the offense, Gran received a $650,000 a year contract that runs through June 30, 2019, roughly $100,000 a season more than UK paid each of its past two offensive coordinators.
Kentucky released the terms of Gran’s contract and the deal for co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw, who came with the elder coach from Cincinnati.
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Hinshaw, a “co-offensive coordinator” who also will be coaching quarterbacks, will make $400,000 a year through June 30, 2018.
“Bringing in Darin, who worked so closely with Eddie in coaching the quarterbacks, I thought that was an important piece,” Stoops said Monday. “As we were trying to put this thing together, I thought it was extremely important to get both of those guys. We were able to do that.”
With their new positions, UK’s offensive staff saw a pay bump of $225,000 a season compared to last season when Shannon Dawson and Tommy Mainord made a combined $825,000. UK fired the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in December.
The addition of Gran, a running backs coach, means Chad Scott will slide over from coaching that position to wide receivers next season. Scott’s contract will be unchanged, UK officials confirmed.
The revised contracts for new co-defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley and outside linebackers coach Andy Buh, who initially was signed to a one-year deal a year ago, were not made available yet.
A school spokesman said the additional duties and title for Ansley would not change the terms of the deal for defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot for the upcoming season.
Kentucky probably also will be paying at least a portion of the contracts with Dawson and Mainord, who already has taken a job at North Texas.
Mainord’s contract pays him $275,000 a year through June 30, 2017. Dawson’s deal, which runs through June 30, 2018, pays him $550,000 a season.
Both contracts stipulate that Mainord and Dawson have “an affirmative duty to mitigate amounts paid by the university by actively seeking employment in his profession during the remaining portion of the term. UK has the right to reduce continuing payment obligations to coach to the extent that he earns other salary and additional compensation.”
▪ A new football opening was posted on the UK jobs board recently for the position “quality control assistant.” The job summary says the person will serve “as a close assistant to a coordinator of the University of Kentucky football program” and includes tasks such as quality reports and statistical analysis.
“The assistant will work ahead of coaches and break down game film, charting opponent tendencies,” the posting says.