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Kentucky officially announces DJ Eliot as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach

We pretty much already knew, but the news has been made official by Kentucky today. UK announced that DJ Eliot will indeed be their new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach next season via a press release. In UK’s release, Mark Stoops described Eliot as “one of the brightest young minds in college football.” Stoops also said that he has “relentless work ethic and is extremely detailed. I’m very pleased he has joined the Big Blue Nation.”

Eliot is in his 15th year of coaching, recently wrapping up his third season at Florida State. Here are a few more details from UK’s release:

The year before Eliot and Stoops arrived in Tallahassee, the Seminoles ranked 108th in total defense and rushing defense, 58th in quarterback sacks and 61st in tackles for loss nationally. This season, FSU ranks second nationally in total defense (253.8 yards per game), fifth in rushing defense (93 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (15.1 points per game).  In each of Eliot’s first two years on the job, FSU ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams in sacks and the top 25 in tackles for loss.

Eliot and Stoops first became acquainted at Wyoming, where Stoops coached the defensive backs while Eliot played linebacker for the Cowboys. The two coached together at Wyoming as Eliot was a graduate assistant for his alma mater in 1999.

The two continued to work together in 2000 when Stoops joined the staff at the University of Houston as the co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach and Eliot worked as a graduate assistant for the Cougars. Eliot remained at Houston through 2001 before rejoining Stoops in 2002 at Miami (Fla.) in his final season as a graduate assistant. The two helped lead the Canes to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.

“I’m very excited with the opportunity to coach at Kentucky and continue to work with Coach Stoops,” Eliot said.  “I believe in the potential of UK and look forward to being on this staff.”

A native of Edmond, Okla., Eliot graduated from Wyoming in 1999 with a degree in natural science with a minor in zoology. He earned a master’s degree in education at Houston.  He and his wife, Miekel, have one son, Dawson, and two daughters, Drue and Page.

Welcome to the Big Blue Nation, officially.



Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

16 Comments for Kentucky officially announces DJ Eliot as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach

  1. Big Blue Earl
    4:29 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome Hire… Coach Eliot hit the ground running recruiting today also… Can’t wait for Spring Game!!!

  2. Wildcat3331
    4:30 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Mario Cristobal for OC? He beat the dirty birds last year as HC of FIU

  3. Ender
    4:32 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Wiggins on FSU: “They don’t always get the best players in the nation, or top five or top ten, but they develop four-year players to get ready for the NBA.” lol

  4. bosshogg24
    4:45 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Not too many players want to be 4 and done! Peyton Siva was drawn to UL so he could be 4 and done! Some big time coaches develop their players so well that they don’t even get drafted, something to think about!

  5. CatsFan
    5:03 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    We need to hurry up and hire an OC, the suspense is crazy. I also wish that some top KY players would re open their recruitment (Bivin/ND, Hatcher/USC, White/Vandy, Quick, Timmons), UK should be #1 choice for all 3-5 star KY recruits. I think it will start to be this way with Stoops.Go Cats!

  6. mudcreekmark
    5:49 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    4)CJ Leslie is a perfect example. If he had came to UK, like his friend John Wall did, he would have been a one and done. Instead, he is a junior now and not even on the mock drafts. Hence, “The Kentucky Effect”. Not saying that that would happen to someone that is as good as Wiggins supposed to be, but it is something to think about. Also, how many of Cals recruits don’t show considerable improvement in a very short period of time? Stacey Poole maybe but that is about it.

  7. zod
    6:03 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    3) FSU has had 4 go to the NBA in the last decade. That’s a moderate year for Cal.

  8. House
    6:14 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m actually a little excited about football.

  9. Nutter butter
    6:35 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    We will see what he can do with bottom of the barrel SEC players vs his typical top of the ACC players.

  10. yitbos
    7:25 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    There’s always at least one negative nancy around

  11. mudcreekmark
    7:49 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I really like the hiring of a young up and coming coach instead of the retreads that Joker hired. Stoops and Eliot seem to be really excited to be here and enthusiasm is contagious.I am starting to have a good feeling about this staff. Now we need another young gun to run our offense.

  12. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    8:59 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Is he the only coach out recruiting now?

  13. Michael
    9:17 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    We are very excited to have you at UK, DJ!!! I am extremely excited about UK Football now!!! Hopefully, this will be a new era of football for the fans all across the state who want this program to be successful.

  14. so/so hire maybe
    10:02 pm December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I was for Petrino from the start, but after hearing Stoops on his call in show I’m starting to jump on the bandwagon. Not because he said the usual things a new guy will say but because he didn’t. He told one caller that we didn’t have the players to play his system. One caller asked him about his offence and he said he was going more to the air raid. The caller asked how he could play “great defence” with out running the ball more. Stoops told him he would do what ever he could do to win some guys untill he can get his players in here.
    That told me he had no illusions of being a great team next year because we are not, the talent just isn’t where we need it to be and it will take sometime. He is willing to adjust to his talent while putting down the foundation for the type of team he wants to become. I think he knows just how big the challenge is here and is willing to do what it takes to win. I’m on board I think he just might be the man for this Job.

  15. 7?
    1:59 am December 7, 2012 Permalink

    Good hire I was hoping Chuck smith would remain. After 2 win year probably better to start over.

  16. realistic
    1:33 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    As an outsider who is not a UK, Louisville, or Tennessee fan (not even an SEC fan)….you guys seem a bit unrealistic about your new coach. He is a good D-coordinator, like many-a-coach in waiting in the past, but the majority of them tookover great programs…(i.e. Lloyd Carr and Will Muschamp.) Stoops has no head coaching experience, you can’t just expect him to be a great SEC coach because of a few recruiting ties in Florida…he is also now tied in a knot to a certain program called UK where they care mainly about BBall and have no real history or tradition in football. You all will need an Oregon like NIKE make-over to be a realistic threat to win the SEC. I cheer for a team that has a rich history and tradition and I know from watching how hard it is to keep that winning tradition going. Just because Mark’s bro is a hall of fame coach doesn’t mean Mark is. Get realistic guys. Y’all have a long way to go and you can’t even win recruiting battles in KY, yet alone Ohio, GA, TN, Florida or anywhere. It will take quite a while for Stoops to save this program.