The Kentucky Wildcats are bringing back Eddie Gran, though not in an official assistant coaching role.
According to Nick Roush of KSR, Gran is coming back to Kentucky in an off-field administrative position.
Gran will not be one of the 10 designated assistant coaches. His role will be administrative, mirroring a quality control coach or director of player personnel’s duties. KSR expects the university to officially announce the addition Friday.
Gran came to Kentucky from the Cincinnati Bearcats back in 2016. During his time in Lexington, the Wildcats had a 10-win season, beat Florida in The Swamp and took down Tennessee in Knoxville. His offensive schemes helped produce several record-breaking performances.
In 2016, Boom Williams and Benny Snell became the first running back duo to each put up 1,000 yards in the same season. Snell went on to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher.
Several team offensive records were broken in 2019 when Gran redesigned the offense around wide receiver Lynn Bowden. That year produced the most rushing yards (3,624), rushing touchdowns (36) and yards per rushing attempt (6.32) in school history.
However, Kentucky’s offense from 2017-20 as a whole left a lot to be desired and rarely had any semblance of a competent passing game. That culminated with Kentucky ranking 115th in total offense during the 2020 season, which helped lead to Gran being let go and replaced with Los Angeles Rams assistant Liam Coen.
It’s very rare for a coach and school to part ways only to have said coach return in any capacity within a year, but Mark Stoops must think Gran can help this team off the field.