Shortly after Kentucky finished a ten-win season with a Citrus Bowl victory, the University of Georgia sought out the services of Eddie Gran. UK’s offensive coordinator was courted by the Bulldogs, but ultimately decided to remain with the Kentucky football team. For the first time, he explained why he stayed at UK.
“They offered the job,” he said after UK’s second spring practice. “It came down down to, I love this community. I love this administration, Dr. Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart. The guy that I work for is fantastic and I’ve become a part of this community. I love it. I think we’re doing some things that are special. Those all had a part in the decision when I decided to stay.”
After they were denied, a few folks on the Georgia side contested whether or not Gran was actually offered the job, a fact Gran disputes. Regardless, he’s happy to be back in Lexington for another season with the same offensive staff. The continuity should pay dividends this fall.
“I think it’s huge,” said Gran. “I think it’s huge in recruiting and the relationships you build. For everybody being on the same page, you can go faster, and then if you have to add, you can add and it’s not so strenuous on everybody else. When you’re not teaching somebody a new offense, you can go pretty quick.”