John Calipari’s three University of Kentucky basketball assistant coaches received raises and signed extensions in late June, according to updated contracts posted on the school’s open-records website.
Associated head coach Kenny Payne, the ace recruiter on staff, was extended through the 2019-20 season and will make $750,000 this season (a $50,000 increase), then $800,000 the next two. He got his current title and a $150,000 raise in 2014, then another huge bump – an average of $200,000 more per season – on a three-year extension he signed just last summer.
The latest bump only reinforces Payne’s status as one of the highest-paid college basketball assistants in the country. His name has popped up in several head-coaching searches in recent years.
Robic signed a new two-year deal that will pay him $430,000 annually, a $15,000 bump from his previous contract, which was set to expire at the end of last month. The new deal expires after the 2017-18 season and comes after a recent revelation that special assistant Joel Justus has taken over Robic’s off-campus recruiting duties this spring and summer.
Calipari’s third full-time assistant, former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee, also signed a new two year deal that will pay him $400,000 annually, a $25,000 increase over his previous one-year contract.
In total, Kentucky’s three assistants will make $1.58 million this season, up from $1.44 last season and $1.15 million the year before.
Calipari is set to make $7.25 million in 2016-17, $7.75 million in 2017-18 and $8 million in each of the last four years of a contract that expires on March 30, 2022.
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