With the offseason essentially here for Kentucky football, expect to start hearing about assistant coaches being recruited by other schools.
Sources tell FootballScoop that Kentucky defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley is a strong candidate to join Kirby Smart’s staff at Georgia.
Ansley, who coached cornerbacks from 2013-14, guided the entire Wildcat secondary during the 2015 season. He was a defensive graduate assistant coach under Smart with Alabama in 2010-11, helping the Crimson Tide to a 22-4 record, including the 2011 national championship season.
UK's secondary has improved every year with the help of Ansley, going from 64th nationally in pass defense in 2013 to 44th in 2014 and 32nd this season. UK also went from 85th nationally in passing touchdowns allowed (22 scores) in 2014 to 28th (14 scores) this season.
It was reported Tuesday night that Smart, a former Georgia safety and assistant coach, has agreed to become the Dawgs' next head coach after Mark Richt was fired Sunday. However, Smart as not signed a contract with the Bulldogs, and he won't be able to do so until after the No. 2 Crimson Tide play No. 18 Florida in Saturday's SEC championship game in Atlanta.
That means we still are a week, if not longer, until we'd hear about anything official on Ansley is he decides to leave for greener pastures.