I planned on doing this later in the evening, but with news going quickly, we will give you a short update first. After speaking to a number of sources throughout the day, I believe UK is very close to welcoming a new coach to Lexington. The job has not yet been offered to anyone, but I believe that could happen very soon. At this point the search has centered around 4 candidates. Three of those candidates are:
Mark Stoops: Florida State (DC)
Mike MacIntyre: San Jose St Head Coach
Sonny Dykes: Louisiana Tech Head Coach
There is a 4th candidate that I assume is Gary Andersen of Utah State, but at this time I cannot confirm that. UK is still also interested in Butch Jones, but two sources tell me that he believes he is in play for the Tennessee job and is holding out until farther along in that search. I no longer believe UK is pursuing Kliff Kingsbury from Texas A&M. Plus, the so-called “NFL guy” is now also unlikely, primarily because waiting until after the season is not a viable option.
I will have more on all of this in the late night post, but there is your synopsis at this time. I think the smart money is on Stoops or MacIntyre, with a decision coming shortly.