Well, that was fast.
After reports surfaced that Eddie Gran was souring on UK and Mitch Barnhart had to step in, it looks like Gran will, in fact, be the Kentucky Wildcats' next offensive coordinator.
According to Justin Rowland of Rivals.com, Gran will be named the next OC soon and we also may know who may be the next UK wide receivers coach will be, as well:
This is not an official number but the number a couple of people have mentioned to me as far as salary for Gran is $550K. Believe 3 years.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) December 28, 2015
Darin Hinshaw likely to make the move to UK along with Gran. Not immediately clear whether Gran will coach WR's or RB's, but likely one.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) December 28, 2015
Possible that Chad Scott/Vince Marrow see roles shuffle on the staff. Both remain offensive assistants/key recruiters but could shuffle.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) December 28, 2015
This is a great hire for UK and head coach Mark Stoops for several reasons. Gran has not only been a successful offensive coordinator at nearly every school he's been, which includes the SEC, but has also worked with Stoops in the past and has good Florida recruiting ties.
Gran and Stoops spent time together as part of the Florida State Seminoles' staff from 2010-2012. Gran also has served as the Tennessee Volunteers running backs and special teams coordinator in 2009. That came after a 10-year stint as the Auburn Tigers running backs coach and special teams coordinator as well.
This is also a good move because Gran isn't a one-dimensional coach who relies heavily on the pass or run. While the Air Raid is what fans like, it doesn't win big in the SEC. Gran's offense have featured some dynamic passing attacks, but he's also had a lot of success with the run game as well.
Back in 2013, Gran's Bearcats led the American Athletic Conference in total offense (472.1) and rushing offense (168.3) with the offense totaling a school-record 6,137 yards. Gran also runs an effective up-tempo attack that keeps defenses on its heels, something UK did alright at times under Neal Brown, but rarely did under Shannon Dawson.
Adding to his success on the ground, seven running backs tutored under Gran at some point in their careers played in the NFL, including Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams, Ronnie Brown, Rudi Johnson and Deuce McAllister. Williams was an All-American at Auburn and earned 2005 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Brown and McAllister were first-round draft picks and both topped 5,000 career rushing yards in the NFL. Johnson earned 2000 SEC Player of the Year and holds the top two single-season rushing seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
2013 - present: Offensive Coordinator, Cincinnati
2010 - 2012: Special Teams Coordinator, Associate Head Coach & Running Backs Coach, Florida State
2009: Special Teams Coordinator & Running Backs Coach, Tennessee
1999 - 2008: Running Backs Coach, Auburn & Special Teams Coordinator, Auburn
1995 - 1998: Running Backs Coach, Ole Miss
1994: Wide Receivers Coach, Idaho State
1992 - 1993: Wide Receivers Coach, Cincinnati
1989: Running Backs Coach, Southeast Missouri State
1987 - 1988: Wide Receivers Coach, Cal Lutheran