UK assistants Payne, Robic sign lucrative new deals

05/25/2015 10:42 PM

LEXINGTON — After an historic 38-1 season in 2014-15, John Calipari isn’t the only member of the Kentucky men’s basketball coaching staff enjoying a new pay raise.

Jon Hale of The Cats’ Pause Tweeted on Monday night that assistants Kenny Payne and John Robic have also signed new contracts with UK, which the university’s Office of Legal Counsel released on May 7, 2015.

Payne’s new paperwork is reportedly for a three-year deal worth $650,000 in 2015-16, $700,000 in 2016-17, and $750,000 in the 2017-18 season.

Robic’s contract is a one-year deal worth $415,000 next season.

Former “Special Assistant” Tony Barbee was also promoted to a full-time assistant position last week and will earn $375,000 from the one-year contract he signed on May 18.

Not many universities can afford to pay its head basketball coach nearly $1 million per season — much less an assistant.

But then again, not many universities have a basketball program that reaches four Final Fours in five seasons, either — including a national championship in 2012.

At an average of $700,000 over the next three season’s, coach Payne will be earning more as an assistant than 22 of the 68 head coaches in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

With a record seven players from last year’s squad leaving early to declare for the NBA Draft, the entire coaching staff will need to earn its pay next season if the Cats are going to make it to Houston to content for national title number nine.


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