UK announces new deal for Marrow

Kentucky officially announced a contract extension for tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow on Monday.

Marrow had been targeted by Michigan for a similar position on Jim Harbaugh’s new staff, but elected to remain with longtime friend and former high school teammate Mark Stoops.

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The new deal extends Marrow’s contract through June of 2018, matching the length of Stoops’ recent extension. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be released, but it is assumed to carry a significant raise over his current salary of $275,000.

“I'm thankful for the support of Dr. (Eli) Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart and Coach Stoops with this contract extension," Marrow said in a statement released by UK. "Our program is headed in the right direction on and off the field with the new facilities and overwhelming support of the Big Blue Nation. I'm excited to be part of it as we continue moving forward.”

“Vince has been an important part of the growth of our program, and I'm excited about his contract extension,” Stoops said via the Twitter social network. “This reaffirms the commitment Mitch Barnhart and our administration have for Kentucky football. #WHYNOT ”

Stoops and Marrow have a long-running relationship dating back to their native Youngstown, Ohio. They played prep football together at Cardinal Mooney High School.

Marrow, the ace recruiter of UK’s staff, helped the Wildcats reel in an unprecedented No. 21 national class last year and has been a major contributor to a 2015 class that is currently ranked No. 27 by Scout.

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