Over the last two offseasons Eddie Gran has been a hot commodity on the college football coaching carousel. After all the buzz, he’ll begin his fifth season in Lexington this spring.
“I love the community. I’m a part of the community, I really do feel that. I’ve been to some places before where you live there, but you just kind of live there. Here I just feel a part of it,” he said this morning on Kentucky Roll Call.
Last year Georgia offered him the chance to be the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator. Following the 2019 season Gran’s name was tossed around for the FAU vacancy. This morning he made it abundantly clear that he enjoys working for Mark Stoops in Lexington.
“I work for the best man and the best coach in the country. I mean that. Mark Stoops is a great person to work for and I’ve done this 37 years and I’ve been around a lot. It’s a great atmosphere. I come to work everyday and I’m smiling,” Gran said emphatically.
That fiery emotion manifested itself even more on the morning of Early Signing Day when he recalled what happened before accepting the job in 2016.
“You know, a lot of people told me not to come to Kentucky four years ago and it kind of ticked me off. ‘You couldn’t get it done. You can’t do this.’ Bull-puckey. You know what, we have gotten it done. Coach Stoops has done an unbelievable job. You think about Dr. Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart staying the course — Mark Stoops is going into his eighth year building it and that’s what you gotta do. You got to build and develop and I think Coach Stoops does that as well as anybody in the country. I think with these facilities, you can see the different types of recruits that are coming through on our campus. We look different coming off our bus. We’re competing and I don’t think we’re far away.”
He added, “I want to be in Atlanta and prove all those naysayers wrong. That’s why I’m here at Kentucky.”