Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White stepped into a dangerous role a year ago. Losing the entire secondary as well as legendary Wildcat Josh Allen, White was expected to have his hands full putting a formidable defense on the field. It was supposed to be a major step back from a dominant unit that led Kentucky to 10 wins last season.
However, the progress of the Kentucky Wildcats defense has not missed a beat. For the year, the Wildcats rank No. 22 in the country in total defense and No. 4 in passing defense. That kind of performance is almost unbelievable considering the production the coaching staff had to replace.
After such a successful defense and a long coaching history with both Kentucky and the Indianapolis Colts, White’s name was likely being thrown around as a head coaching candidate in various programs around the country. But in order to keep together his fantastic staff and make a run at a historically good defense next year, Stoops has reportedly been able to lock White into a contract extension.
According to KSR, White’s current deal was set to expire after the 2020 season, and he was set to rake in $675,000 before a new agreement was reached. If the reports of the extension are true, you can expect White to be around for several more years and make a lot more money per year.
We often talk about the importance of recruiting and retaining players. But what Stoops and the athletic department have done bringing in and retaining a quality coaching staff has potentially been even more impressive.