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SOURCES: Matt House is taking the Kansas City job

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.

This past Friday morning, ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Kansas City was expected to hire House as the team’s linebackers coach.

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.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network also reported something similar.

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 says Kentucky outside linebackers coach Brad White is now the frontrunner to take over as defensive coordinator.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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50 responses to “SOURCES: Matt House is taking the Kansas City job”

  1. Brutal Hustler

    This stinks

  2. Smyrna_Cat

    What a mess.

  3. Papaw

    Make up your mind coach

  4. Cokely53

    Makes me think the rumor that UK wouldn’t let him go at first may have been true. Hate to believe that but something seems fishy

    1. ready4nineNOW

      All they wanted was the negotiated buy-out amount. It’s business.

    2. Cokely53

      The entire second part including the story wasn’t on there when my original post was made. Everything from below the first tweet was added later

  5. RickysVD

    It hurts when I pee

    1. StillBP

      been a while since you’ve been here lol

    2. kjd

      This report is a better look for UK from last week’s story. It sounds like UK wanted the contract buyout, and KC was being cheap. Good for UK for sticking to the contract.
      Now, Coach Stoops and AD Barnhart, make a really good hire. This hire is extremely important to keep the momentum going.

  6. mothandras


  7. satcheluk

    That played out strangely.

  8. katfan33

    The journalistic skills shown by KSR in covering this story has been amateur at best. All the writers on this site should be 100% ashamed. Bush league!!!

    1. drew_123

      What did they do wrong? Honest question

    2. BBNJustin

      Exactly… What did they do wrong? I think they have done a fantastic job. They were the first site to break parts of the story.

    3. njCat

      Not the best take dude.

  9. Mike Honcho

    How dare that bastard go from coaching a defense that’s losing almost every player to the 2020 Super Bowl favorites!! Does he not know we finished tied for second in the sec east that one time!

    1. StuckinLville

      Yeah they lost their secondary but have plenty of young back ups.

    2. StillBP

      I don’t think any fans are blaming him.

  10. bcvfd626

    We need to talk Bob Stoops out of coaching the planned XFL team and bring him in.

    1. CatsfaninFL

      Thought he was offensive guy?

    2. JASUN74

      He’s a Football guy!!! Lol

  11. UKinIN

    So what is the truth about this story? Why did House return to UK the first time and why did he ultimately choose to take the KC job.

    1. henderblue

      Did you read the story? KC at first was not willing to pay the buyout. Then changed their minds

    2. Cokely53

      Hender: that story was not on there when he wrote this comment. Chill out

    3. symphonist41169

      My take on it is this: he expected KC to pay his UK contract buyout – not an unreasonable expectation since they were the ones wanting him to leave UK for KC – but they were unwilling to do it. After he called their bluff and told them he’d stay at UK they suddenly changed their minds and decided to pay it. I don’t see how this scenario makes UK look bad, even though it was originally spun that way. Disclaimer: this is purely opinion and conjecture on my part since I have no intimate knowledge of the details of what happened.

    4. henderblue

      This story Coke. Guess you didn’t read it either. I’m chilled..

  12. Brew Dranklin

    Can’t fault House for making the jump. Hope he has great success.

  13. RackEmWillie

    Well, they better hope Eddie “Jesus” Gran can be both the OC and DC. That’s really what UK needs at this point in time.

  14. StillBP

    really pathetic if the hold up was really due to KC not wanting to pay that buyout. All the money they have in the NFL, that’s pretty stingy not wanting to pay $150,000 to take a coach off contract.

    1. bigblue98

      Agreed – the money they spend on NFL player contracts is ridiculous. Small potatoes on this buyout compared to spending 25-30 million on a qb.

    2. StillBP

      Guess they thought they could do whatever they want since they are the NFL. Like big bro trying to take lil bro’s lunch lol. Barnhart said I don’t think so, you’re going to have to pay for that, no freebies! Good for Mitch.

  15. CahillsCrossingNT

    For what it’s worth, I prefer they elevate from within the staff and then hire another position coach. Familiarity in my opinion is desirable. This whole thing has been a fiasco.

  16. bbn606

    I would rather him go than UK hinder him. This is a normal process in the coaching system. Don’t fret, the next one may be better.

    1. foamfinger

      True, but he does have a buyout for a reason. It’s wishful thinking and irresponsible that you could hire a coach away from another organization/school without ponying up for the buyout, especially if you want them. KC had an incredible season and have been doing well the past few years, so you can’t say that they are hurting for money.

    2. notFromhere

      Foamfinger is right. Shitty PR stunt by KC trying to force UK to eat the buyout from his contract. Was rooting for the Chiefs previous to this. They can stick it

  17. bigblue98

    Next man up – promote White!

  18. blueblood23

    I think matt Jones just puts whatever he wants out on twitter and on the news feed regardless if it’s factual or not just to break news, and be involved.which leads to a lot of confusion and misinformation

    1. StillBP

      you really think this one was on Matt? He wasn’t the only one breaking the news. KSR has jumped the shark before, but this doesn’t appear to be the case here if you actually read the story.

    2. blueblood23

      They took my reply off I guess. Touched a nerve lol.

    3. bigbluebanana

      No, it’s still there. In the recent Gran rumor, I think KSR 100% fabricated the story as MJ was quite literally the only source. Any article you clicked anywhere cited MJ as the source. However, on this particular event, I think what MJ and KSR have reported is 100% legit. House was going to leave, he confirmed it, so they reported it. KC didn’t pay the buyout, so House stayed and they reported that. Now, KC decides to pay out and House is gone, and they’re reporting that correctly. This is one of those scenarios that just didn’t play out smoothly for anyone.

  19. rubenv

    Oh no. We suck again

  20. cats646

    Wtf. This sucks

  21. UKfansNKY

    Yeah it sucks! But it looks like House wants to go to KC and doesn’t want to be a KY. If that is true he needs to move on, we do not need a Coach that doesn’t want to be here! The CATS will be just fine!!!

  22. UKFootballYall

    Can’t really blame him. He will only coach a handful of guys for 5-6 months a year and will have no recruiting and/or babysitting duties. Sounds like he is semi-retiring.

  23. notFromhere

    So, next time you see an article, tweet, or report by Paylor and Rapaport, you’ll know they are bought and paid for by the NFL. They put out the NFL spin to make UK look bad and give KC a shot at House again. Dbags.

    Hate the NFL more and more every day.

    Very disappointed he’s leaving, but I still think the Cats’ll win 11 games in one season in the next year or two.

    Thanks for what you did for us, Coach House!

    1. jaws2

      Haven’t watched the National Fix League for years. From what I read and saw video of in the Saints game, I don’t think I’ve missed a thing.

  24. Big johnson

    My source s say your sources suck.

    1. StillBP

      who is this mysterious source s?

  25. timer2

    The defense last year reminded me of the Florida defense when Bob Stoops was the DC. I wonder if he would have any interest….