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Derrick Ansley Promoted to Co-Defensive Coordinator

Today Stoops is announcing a new head coach of the offense and quarterbacks coach, but he’s also making a move on the other side of the ball.  Cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley will be the co-defensive coordinator alongside D.J. Eliot.  You’ve heard people on the offense referred to as “passing game coordinator.”  Coach Stoops said Ansley will serve a similar function for the defense, and that it is not in any way shape or form a demotion for D.J. Eliot, who will still call the plays.

Ansley was rumored for multiple jobs, most notably Georgia, but Stoops convinced him to stay.  “We won a battle to keep him here,” Stoops said.

Stoops does not expect any further changes on the staff but noted that other assistants have been, and are still being pursued by other schools.  He noted the one coach who turned down a Power 5 coordinator position, other schools have asked for permission to talk to Eliot, and not to mention Vince Marrow’s opportunity to leave before last season.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Derrick Ansley Promoted to Co-Defensive Coordinator

  1. Kernel Sanders
    2:22 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Please give these schools permission to talk to Eliot. In fact, can we pay for his plane ticket to any interview?

    • nicky
      2:50 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      FYI….huge FSU booster friend of mine told me they hated to see Eliot leave

  2. Tej
    3:09 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    The defense wasn’t the problem last year. This idea to fire everyone is foolish.

    • onsides
      3:15 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      The defense, offense and special teams were all problems last year.

  3. ReverendBlue
    3:22 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    The main problem last season’s defense had was a lack of ability to pressure the QB with 4 rushers. This put our secondary in a bind. As far as flat-out SKILL LEVEL, I think our secondary was improved. Our LB play didn’t hurt us. In fact, at times, Forrest was quite a playmaker.

    The other thing that hurt our defensive statistics was the lack of production from the offense. The defense should have had more opportunities to work with LONG fields instead of short ones.

  4. theWilkman
    3:27 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    If you watched UK this year and thought the defense was the problem, I’m not sure what to tell you. Other than you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, that is.

  5. Catsby80
    3:38 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    The offense scored 21 points or less in 5 of UK’s 8 SEC games. That is pathetic against the SEC East who was very down this year. The defense was not the issue.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      3:52 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      And if the defense had not been put back on the field so quickly after the offense kept going 3-and-out, their numbers would have been better. They got worn down a lot of times.

  6. bradinmississippi
    6:31 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t understand where all of this hate for Elliott comes from. The defense performed above all expectations last year. The offense could not score…EVER. I think Elliott should be commended for the job he did.