The Matt House-to-Kansas City fiasco is finally over, but it’s not a result that favors Kentucky.
After ultimately deciding on staying at Kentucky rather than making the jump to coach Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, the AFC runner-up made a second run at the UK defensive coordinator last night.
Now, sources tell KSR that House WILL, in fact, take the job with Kansas City and Kentucky will now have to look for a new defensive coordinator.
After a conversation with UK last night an agreement has been reached and a source tells KSR that Matt House IS taking the job with the Kansas City Chiefs
UK Will now look for new Defensive Coordinator
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 12, 2019
This past Friday morning, ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Kansas City was expected to hire House as the team’s linebackers coach.
Source: the Chiefs are expected to hire University of Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House as their linebackers coach.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 8, 2019
After KSR broke the news on Saturday evening that House was likely staying at Kentucky, the school soon came out and confirmed that the UK defensive coordinator had turned down the Chiefs and would be staying at the school.
Soon after, Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports! released a report indicating UK was not willing to let him out of his deal and that he wanted to join the Chiefs.
So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach:
I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) February 10, 2019
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network also reported something similar.
My understanding is, #Kentucky was originally slated to negotiate the buyout for Matt House to be the #Chiefs LBs coach… then decided against it. Was told House wanted to be in KC. Position open once again. https://t.co/GwzADAoVJI
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2019
Sources tell KSR that while there may have been a contract issue on both sides, it had more to do with Kansas City not being willing to pay House’s $150,000 buyout more than Kentucky being unreasonable in the negotiation process. After a second push by the Chiefs last night (and and agreement to pay the buyout), the deal was done.
Now, House is heading to the NFL and Kentucky is left searching for a defensive coordinator.
—— UPDATE ——
Justin Rowland of Rivals.com says Kentucky outside linebackers coach Brad White is now the frontrunner to take over as defensive coordinator.
KC coach Andy Reid came back to House indicating he was willing to pay the buyout. Difficult situation for House and UK after how things went thr first time around.
Brad White's now the frontrunner to assume the position House vacates.
Got a lot more coming at the HOB.
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 12, 2019