The Kentucky Wildcats’ quest to find a new offensive coordinator is in full swing.
After five seasons, Mark Stoops opted to relieve both offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw of their duties, as UK’s offense finished the season averaged just 311.8 yards per game during the 2020 regular season, ranking last in the SEC and third-worst among power five programs (Kansas and Syracuse).
Now, Stoops will look to find an offensive coordinator that will make the Kentucky offense more “exciting” to excite recruits and provide more confidence to key returning players such as Chris Rodriguez Jr., Keaton Upshaw and Kavosiey Smoke.
Among the names linked to the job so far have been Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Cale Gundy, North Carolina State offensive coordinator Tim Beck, and SMU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley.
While these are names being tossed around by the media, there has also been rumors that Stoops could look to the NFL coaching ranks to replace Gran.
Regardless of who the hire is, Stoops said on his radio show Monday he hopes to keep the process “close to the vest.”
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