Despite many fans disliking offensive coordinator’s Eddie Gran’s conservative play calling, Gran is among one of the more respected assistant coaches in the entire nation.
About a month after reports that linked Gran to the head coaching job at Charlotte, there’s a new rumor that has surfaced that Gran could be leaving the Kentucky Wildcats for a new job.
This time, it’s the offensive coordinator of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia lost their offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to the Tennessee Volunteers, and they may now be looking to nab another SEC East coordinator, according to Steven Godfrey.
A name to watch at Georgia is Kentucky OC Eddie Gran. Wildcats were conservative this season but Gran’s Cincinnati offenses were very explosive. He’s also a very strong Florida recruiter.— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) January 9, 2019
Adam Luckett seems to believe Georgia would need to make a big money offer to sway Gran away from UK.
Eddie Gran is well respected in the SEC. He’s been in this league for decades and had to earn the opportunity to become an OC. That’s something that’s very had for a RB coach. If UGA wants him, it’ll cost $$$. UK is paying him $850K. That ranked 33rd among FBS assistants in 2018.— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettBOS) January 9, 2019
Losing Gran wouldn’t be great for UK, even though many fans may think it would help the offense.
Switching coaches is never easy on a quarterback, and depending on who Kentucky would choose to replace Gran with, there’s a chance Wilson would have to learn a second offense in his second season at Kentucky, which would not be ideal.
Gran is also an excellent recruiter, as Godfrey noted, and he has helped Kentucky reel in solid recruits from Florida, where the Cats have done well in recent years.
Hopefully, Georgia hopes to go a different direction, as Kentucky finally has stability in their coaching staff, but if not, look for Darin Hinshaw, the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, to get the first chance to interview for the primary offensive coordinator job.