It is official. Eddie Gran will stay in Lexington and turn down the position of offensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Gran has been a large part of the resurgence of Kentucky football. Although the 2017 and 2018 teams finished ranked over 100 in total offense, you cannot ignore the fact that the Kentucky Wildcats have improved each year and won ten games in the 2018 season.
Oh yeah, and his offense saw virtually every school rushing record broken by departing junior running back Benny Snell.
Despite the team’s success, Gran has drawn the ire of many fans due to second guessing his game plan and play calling. There are strong arguments to be made for against Gran as a successful offensive coordinator.
Kentucky’s win total will be enough for some to trust him, but others question the under-utilization of CJ Conrad, Lynn Bowden, and the running ability of both Stephen Johnson and Terry Wilson.
Many were surprised when Gran’s name came up as a potential replacement for Jim Chaney after he left Georgia for Tennessee. And on the surface, it certainly looks like it would be a promotion. The pay is better, and Georgia has been competing for a national championship year-in and year-out. It was obviously been difficult to pass up such an opportunity, so this is a big win for Kentucky to beat out Georgia to keep Gran.
Keeping Gran was also big for the 2019 recruiting class, which could finish as the best in the Mark Stoops era. It ensures none of the signees will want to back out of their pledge, and it also keeps Kentucky in the running for guys lie four-star athlete Devonta Lee, who is strongly considering the Wildcats.