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Steve Clinkscale to Michigan, per report

A big loss for Kentucky.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 03 Georgia at Kentucky Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Kentucky Wildcats assistant coach Steve Clinkscale is joining the Michigan Wolverines, according to 247 Sports reporter Sam Webb.

According to Webb, Clinkscale agreed to a three-year deal to become Michigan’s passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach. He’ll have the opportunity to be promoted to co-defensive coordinator in years two and three.

Clinkscale, who was entering his fifth year in Lexington, coached at Cincinnati for three seasons before joining the Kentucky coaching staff in 2016. Since then, he has proven to be an instrumental part of the player development that Kentucky is becoming known for. He was also an ace recruiter who was the lead recruiter for five-star signee Justin Rogers in the class of 2020 and several other high-profile recruits.

Losing Clinkscale is significant, but it’s not to the degree of losing Vince Marrow, which has nearly happened several times in recent years. It’s unfortunate Kentucky couldn’t keep Marrow and Clinkscale, but at least Marrow is still in the fold for the foreseeable future.

Kentucky’s 2022 class was shaping up to be an all-timer for the program, but it will be very challenging for that to happen now that Clink is leaving town. He made a major impact in landing several top commits in the class thus far, so you have to wonder how firm those pledges are now that he’s off to Michigan.

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