Jen Smith on UK Football

Contract details for Kentucky’s new assistants are out. What will they make? How long will they stay?

Both of Kentucky football’s new coaching hires have signed new deals, which the school made public on Thursday.

New wide receivers coach Michael Smith and new outside linebackers coach Brad White each signed contracts that keep them on Mark Stoops’ staff through June 30, 2020.

Smith’s contract, signed on Jan. 25, pays him $150,000 through the end of June and then raises him to $375,000, likely as he finishes his contract out with Arkansas. The final season of his deal will be for $400,000, which is what he made with the Razorbacks in 2017, according to the USA Today assistant coaches’ salary database.

Lamar Thomas, whom Smith replaced as UK wide receivers coach, was paid $300,000 last season and $275,000 in the season before that.

White, a former assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts, signed un until 2020 and will make $375,000 through July 1, 2019 and then $400,000 through the end of his deal.

White, who signed his deal on Feb. 1, did not replace anyone on staff. He was hired as the newly permitted 10th assistant coach by the NCAA.

If Smith or White accepts a coaching job elsewhere, he will pay $100,000 per year remaining on his contract, per their new deals.

At the start of the season, the Kentucky assistant coaching staff will make a combined $4.53 million in salary. New deals are likely still for several current coaches, including secondary coach Steve Clinkscale, whose current contract runs out at the end of June.

Jennifer Smith: 859-231-3241, @jenheraldleader

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