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RUMOR: Kentucky Football Secondary Coach May Leave For Georgia

Could Coach Stoops be losing his first assistant coach?

Andy Lyons

247 Sports is reporting Kentucky football secondary coach Derrick Ansley could be leaving Kentucky for the same position at the University of Georgia. Ansley primarily coached the cornerbacks, but he did a solid job improving the secondary this season with the players he inherited. His departure would also be a blow to recruiting as he is Kentucky's point man in Georgia, and is at least responsible for the recruitment of 2014 commit Jared Tucker and 2015 commit Montrel Custis. His departure could see Kentucky lose either or both of these prospects. It continues to be imperative for Kentucky to sign talent in the South and Ansley is an important part of that effort.

Kentucky will eventually lose assistant coaches to other programs. That is a sign of a healthy program, but while Kentucky remains in a rebuilding mode his potential departure could be a significant blow. Interestingly, Georgia defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, reportedly just agreed to take the same position at Louisville, and this may delay Ansley's move if Georgia's primary interest in Ansley originated with Grantham. It's also possible that Georgia's desire in Ansley comes from competing against him for hearts and minds in Georgia high schools.

Ansley came to Kentucky with an excellent pedigree. In his short coaching career he has coached at both Alabama as a graduate assistant and spent some time at Tennessee before joining Stoops'staff. Ansley is scheduled to earn a salary of $250,000 in the 2014 season.

Kentucky Wildcats TV: Derrick Ansley Profile (via Kentucky Wildcats TV)