Kentucky’s coaching staff will be at full strength when the Wildcats travel to Charlotte to take on Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl.
Earlier this week Dean Hood was hired by Murray State to be the Racers’ next head coach. Before he completes his return to the OVC, Hood will be on the sideline for one more game as UK’s special teams coordinator.
“I’m very happy for Dean,” Mark Stoops said Friday evening. “Dean’s worked extremely hard. He’s been a big asset to us. Absolutely he’s welcome to be here. He’s here today. He won’t be able to be here tomorrow for practice. He’s got things to do on campus and we’re working it out. I want to be very flexible for him and whatever he can do, we appreciate him. He wants to be here and be in the bowl, so we welcome that and also wish him good luck in his new situation there. He’ll do a great job. We’re proud of him.”
Once Hood makes the move to far west Kentucky permanent, Stoops is going to take his time to find a replacement. Searching for the “best available,” that person may already be on his coaching staff.
“We do have a lot of guys on our staff that can coach special teams, so that’s the good thing,” he said. “We’ve got some quality coaches in there everyday, all day in those special teams meetings. We can handle it that way. We’ll see. I’m going to take my time. I’m in no hurry at all because of recruiting the way it is. I’m not in any hurry at all to be honest with ya. I’ve got so many other things going on, I really haven’t put too much thought into it yet.”
Before Stoops finds a replacement, he’s hosting a couple of 2020 official visitors and dozens of underclassmen tomorrow for UK Football Junior Day.