Graphic: Mark Stoops finalizes Kentucky staff for 2016

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 12, 2016


For the second time this offseason, Mark Stoops has finalized the Kentucky staff for 2016.

After outside linebackers coach Andy Buh left for the Maryland defensive coordinator job, Stoops took his time, eventually hiring Florida International defensive coordinator Matt House for the open role, giving him five new assistants.

Here’s the updated Kentucky staff:

Stoops filled several openings by looking just over the horizon. Lexington is a little more than an hour away from Cincinnati, and Louisville is the same distance. The new coaches from UC and UL aren't traveling far.

Stoops wanted to re-shape the Wildcat offense, so he brought Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw as a package duo. The Bearcats scored nearly 40 points per game in 2015, No. 38 nationally, while UK was at 24.7 points per game. In January, we took a look at what Gran brings to Kentucky.

Around Signing Day, Stoops brought in Lamar Thomas from Louisville to replace Chad Scott, who left for North Carolina. Thomas spent the past three years at Louisville and the previous two at Western Kentucky.

On defense, defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley left for the same position at Alabama, and Stoops turned to Cincinnati again, hiring Steve Clinkscale, who spent three seasons at UC.

High performance coordinator Erik Korem left for a position with the Houston Texans, and head strength coach Corey Edmond has assumed both roles, as the strength staff is restructured.

Stoops is 12-24 in two seasons, including two straight 5-7 seasons. He hopes this reshaped staff will get the Cats over the hump.

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