UK FOOTBALL | Kentucky hires Cincinnati's Eddie Gran to be new offensive coordinator
12/29/2015 05:04 PM
LEXINGTON — It was a 2-for-1 hire for Kentucky Football today when the Wildcats announced they have added Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw to serve as co-offensive coordinators next season, according to a pair university press releases.
Both coaches arrive at UK by way of Cincinnati and will replace former offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who was relieved of his position on Dec. 17 after spending just one season in Lexington.
Gran, who was Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons, will serve as the “assistant coach of the offense” at Kentucky while additionally taking over as running backs coach. The 28-year collegiate coaching veteran will also reunite with current UK head coach Mark Stoops after both served together as associate head coaches at Florida State from 2010-12.
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- “Having worked with Eddie at Florida State, he is an outstanding coach with great experience, including a lot of years in the SEC,” Stoops said in the university press release. “He is a great leader with tremendous passion for the game.”
- “I’m very excited to be at Kentucky,” Gran said. “I had the opportunity at Florida State to work three years with Coach Stoops, and No. 1, it’s his passion for football and what he stands for – family. I really got know Chantel and the kids as my kids were able to be with them for three years. All of that matters in this profession and being around great people is important.”
The Bearcats averaged 36.1 points per game under Gran last season, good for 24th among all FBS.
Hinshaw, who worked as quarterbacks coach and “passing game coordinator” at Cincinnati the past three seasons, will serve as “co-offensive coordinator” and quarterbacks coach at Kentucky.
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Despite suffering multiple injures at the quarterback position this season, the Bearcats still averaged an impressive 371 passing yards per game under Hinshaw’s tutelage, giving Cincinnati the No. 4 air attack in the entire country.
- “Darin has a great offensive mind and his experience includes time in the Southeastern Conference,” Stoops said in the second press release. “I’ve been impressed with how well they’ve produced at Cincinnati and how prolific they have been in throwing the football.”
- “I’ve always looked at Kentucky as a program that has the potential to be very, very good,” Hinshaw said, “and we can put up the points and yards that will equal wins and help get us to bowl games. That’s why I’m taking this opportunity.”
Current Kentucky running backs coach Chad Scott will move over to wide receivers next season to help accommodate the new staff additions. Former UK wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord was let go earlier this month.
Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated and Rivals.com helped break the hiring news and joined KSTV on Tuesday’s show to explain why Gran and Hinshaw are perfect fits for Mark Stoops and Kentucky Football: