The Kentucky Wildcats will stay in-house for their next defensive coordinator.
According to Football Scoop, linebackers coach Matt House will be promoted to defensive coordinator following D.J. Eliot’s move to Colorado. House also served as UK’s special teams coordinator last year, though it’s unclear if he’ll keep that role in 2017.
This was the expected move almost as soon as it was reported that Eliot was leaving, so seeing it come to fruition just before National Signing Day was probably best for UK.
House joined the Wildcats in 2016 after spending the previous three seasons as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks, helping Pittsburgh to two bowl games before becoming the defensive coordinator at FIU in 2015.
House spent three years at Pitt before heading to FIU, coaching the secondary his first season in 2012 before being promoted to defensive coordinator/linebackers coach for two seasons. During those two years, Under House, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald was drafted 13th overall by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft and has since become an All-Pro player.
In 2013, House helped Pitt rank 34th nationally in total defense, allowing 367.5 yards of total offense per game. As the Pitt secondary coach in 2012, House's unit helped the Panthers rank 20th nationally in pass defense, 21st nationally in pass efficiency defense and 26th nationally in interceptions.
Before his collegiate success, House spent four seasons in the NFL. He served as a defensive quality control coach and assistant linebackers coach for the St. Louis Rams from 2009 to 2011 after a stop with the Carolina Panthers in 2008 as a special teams assistant and strength and conditioning assistant.
This past season at UK, House helped develop linebacker Jordan Jones into an All-SEC performer. He also helped Josh Allen and Denzil Ware become a force off the edge, as they combined for 12.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. All three of those players were sophomores in 2016.