Reports: Michigan State attempting to poach Kentucky assistant Vince Marrow
Vince Marrow’s stock in college coaching circles continues to rise as the longtime Kentucky assistant has already turned down a head coaching offer to stay in Lexington this offseason. If you missed it, the Youngstown State program came calling after Bo Pelini left to become LSU’s defensive coordinator.
Now the Wildcats are reportedly having to deal with an overture from new Michigan State coach Mel Tucker to keep Mark Stoops’ top assistant coach in Lexington for another season.
According to Kentucky Sports Radio, Tucker has offered Marrow a position on his Michigan State staff as the Spartan’s lead recruiter. Justin Rowland of Rivals is also reporting Michigan State is willing to pay Marrow close to $1 million annually to join the Spartan staff.
Marrow, Kentucky’s associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, is set to make $625,000 to coach at Kentucky next season.
This has not been the first offseason Kentucky has had to fight off suitors for Marrow but following the Wildcats’ success on the gridiron in recent seasons, the significance of the offers extended to Marrow continue to amplify. How long can Stoops continue to be expected to hold on to Marrow given these overtures?
If Kentucky isn’t willing to match Michigan State’s offer, don’t be surprised to see Marrow take the best offer on the table.