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Kentucky close to finding next OC; Liam Coen the favorite?

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A decision is likely to come very soon as Kentucky looks to land its next playcaller in time for the early signing period.

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With the early signing period arriving Wednesday, the Kentucky Wildcats are poised to find their next offensive coordinator within the next 24 hours.

According to KSR’s Matt Jones, the expectation is Kentucky will find its next playcaller by Tuesday. Jones adds he believes the search is down to Rams assistant quarterbacks coach Liam Coen or Missouri Tigers receivers/quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan.

Cats Illustrated’s Justin Rowland adds that Coen is the “trending favorite.

Coen, who has been with the Rams since 2018, first served as an assistant wide receivers coach before moving to be an assistant quarterbacks coach this year. His only time as an offensive coordinator was two years he spent at Maine (FCS) from 2016-17. He also had stints as both a passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UMass and Rhode Island.

Hamdan is in his first season at Missouri after previously serving as the Washington Huskies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2018-19. Before that, he was the Falcons’ quarterbacks coach for one season.

Kentucky was also pursuing Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, though it was going to be hard to lure him away after taking the job this year, and Oregon probably isn’t going to let him go without a fight either.

Purdue Co-offensive coordinator Brian Brohm has also been a rumored target, though it looks like he’s not going to get the job.

Buckle up!