D.J. Eliot is officially part of the Colorado Buffaloes.
Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre announced Thursday the hiring of Eliot as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Eliot will arrive in town Friday and sign a three-year contract agreement. He replaces Jim Leavitt, who served in the same role for the last two seasons in Boulder before accepting a similar position at the University of Oregon.
"I'm excited about having D.J. Eliot as our defensive coordinator, he brings a lot of expertise and energy to our defense," MacIntyre said. "Also he is one of the great, young defensive minds in the game of college football today."
Eliot served as the Kentucky Wildcats' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the last four seasons (2013-16), but was stripped of defensive play-calling duties three games into this past season.
That came after UK allowed an average of 43 points per game when he was in charge of the play-calling. Head coach Mark Stoops took over and helped UK’s defense allow an average of just 27.6 points per game over their final 10 games.
Hopefully, Eliot is able to find more success at Colorado than he was able to have with Kentucky.