Kentucky assistants receive new contracts, will make $1.44 million next season

Jamie Rhodes / Reuters

Kentucky head men's basketball coach John Calipari received a contract extension a couple weeks ago following his team's run at an undefeated season.

Now the time has come for his assistants to get paid.

Kenny Payne, John Robic, and Tony Barbee each agreed to new contracts with the program that will pay the three a combined $1.44 million next season - an increase of $415,000 over what they combined to make last season - according to contracts released by the university's Office of Legal Counsel, as reported by The Courier-Journal.

Payne's deal is for three years and $2.1 million, earning him an annual salary $200,000 higher than his previous contract, and more than at least 22 head coaches that made the NCAA tournament last season currently make, according to USA Today's database of coaches' salaries.

Robic and Barbee each received one-year deals. Robic will receive $415,000, while Barbee's deal is worth $375,000.

Calipari and his assistants will make a combined $8.44 million next season.

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