College football fans across the country woke up this morning, looked at Twitter, and got an extra spring in their step.
Finding out that Lane Kiffin is back in the SEC is good for all of us, whether we get to see a high scoring offense or a complete dumpster fire. Fans of the Kentucky Wildcats, however, should reserve their excitement until Kiffin’s old job is filled.
Per a report by Bruce Feldman, Gran’s name has been brought up as a top candidate to replace Kiffin at FAU. His name is mentioned alongside current LA Rams offensive assistant and former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch as the top two names to look at.
With Lane Kiffin set to take the OleMiss job expect #UK OC Eddie Gran and former Miami OC Jedd Fisch to get serious consideration for the #FAU job. Gran's coached at Miami & FSU, and has long been regarded as one of the best recruiters in CFB, especially when it comes to Florida.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 7, 2019
Gran’s history in the state of Florida certainly may make him an attractive candidate. But what he has been able to do at four seasons at Kentucky has been so impressive. Barely a season has gone by without an injury at quarterback. He built an offense that produced all-time rushing leader Benny Snell, leading Kentucky to a 10 win season.
And he crafted a scheme on the fly this year with a wide receiver at quarterback that has the Wildcats knocking on the door of eight wins, which may be his most incredible feat.
Gran’s name came up in Georgia’s offensive coordinator search last winter, and many in the college football world were stunned that he would turn down that job with such a competitive, talented team.
But with the program at Kentucky now in its best state in decades, he felt like there was a great opportunity to win in Lexington. That was enough to keep him from making a lateral move to Georgia, but will it be enough for him to turn down a head coaching position?