Kentucky will pay its new offensive and defensive coordinators a total of more than $1 million annually in base salary, according to contracts obtained by The Cats' Pause through an open records request.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown will earn $550,000 annually and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot $500,000 under contracts that run through June 30, 2016. Both Brown and Eliot would receive incentive bonus based on Kentucky's performance, beginning with an appearance in a bowl game.
Former offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and defensive coordinator Rick Minter made a combined $676,000 last season - each earning $338,000 - according to the university's employee salary database.
The contracts provided are identical in their incentive clauses. Brown and Eliot could receive the equivalent of two months salary should Kentucky win the Southeastern Conference Championship Game or appear in a Bowl Championship Series bowl game. They could could earn 1.5 months salary by appearing in a non-BCS bowl game with a payout of $2.5 million or more, and one month's salary for winning the SEC East Division or appearing in a non-BCS bowl game with a payout of less than $2.5 million. The incentives would not be cumulative in nature, meaning each coordinator would earn a singular payment of the highest incentive achieved.
Brown's monthly salary is listed at $45,833.33, while Eliot's is $41,666.67.
Additionally, Brown and Eliot will each receive four tickets to Kentucky home football games and two tickets to Kentucky home basketball games. Each coordinator is also contractually obligated to inform Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and athletics director Mitch Barnhart before “personally or through any agent actively seek, negotiate for, or accept other employment of any nature” while under contract.