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From Running Backs to Receivers to Chapel Hill, Scott Moves On

Late Monday night, Football Scoop Staff broke the news that RB Coach Chad Scott will be the new tight ends coach at the University of North Carolina. Scott came to UK from Texas Tech with former offensive coordinator Neal Brown. He survived the Shannon Dawson experiment, then was moved from running backs to wide receiver coach upon the arrival of new offensive boss, Eddie Gran.

Unreported is how or why the move was initiated. Was it Scott’s initiative to return to Chapel Hill where he played and began his coaching career? Or was it Kentucky wanting to go in a different direction? Regardless, apparently Chad Scott is no longer calling the Nutter Center home. Just like with transferring or departing players, the age old adage applies; next man up.

How or why Scott left is irrelevant. Coaches are born to do two things: get fired and move. During decades of UK Football familiarity, I’ve witnessed a plethora of coaches come and go. That’s the nature of the business. In the Mark Stoops era, Tommy Mainord did both. While at Texas Tech, Mainord was considered near the top of the receiver coaching fraternity. He’s now the Associate Head Coach at North Texas. The Scott-to-receiver-coach experience lasted weeks instead of seasons.

Familiar and new replacement names have surfaced. From former Cats Craig Yeast and Gerad Parker to Cincinnati’s Blake Rolan, speculations are flying around like January snowflakes. In my opinion, it’s not so much who is next, but how the new hire handles the inherited collective. Positional coaching experience is mandatory. Based on potential and sporadic success, the next coach will be walking into a room full of talent and in certain cases, egocentric personalities. In other words, a typical wide receiver group.

Whoever is next, I feel that the ability to manage the position room in an orderly and disciplined manner are as valuable as the skill to instruct the post-corner route. UK has recruited a higher level of pass catchers. With higher caliber prospects comes various forms of expectation. De-recruitment, inconsistent quarterback play, reoccurring drops, and questionable play calling are all underlying factors that led to last season’s receiver woes. Right, wrong, or indifferent; the ire of fan backlash seemed to focus on the quarterback and receivers.

A fresh and not so always smiling face may be just what is needed to clean up effort and productivity questions. What is known is that Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw have a plan. That plan doesn’t involve winning over the hearts and minds of the locker room. As I interpreted the pair’s introductory press conference and read from subsequent interviews, a much needed change is on the horizon. In college football, change is inevitable and can be positive. Scott was not the primary recruiter for a 2016 commit, but has experienced success in Florida. The Herald Leader’s Jen Smith reported that Darin Hinshaw and Scott’s recruiting areas overlapped. I do not project a drop in that category.

Before rushing to judgement on the “why” Chad Scott is no longer in Lexington, understand that the majority of the BBN begged for postseason change. Adjustments have occurred. Change also brings out emotion. Now, results need to surface to reinforce and redefine 2016 expectation.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

22 Comments for From Running Backs to Receivers to Chapel Hill, Scott Moves On

  1. SinceStollField
    10:13 am January 19, 2016 Permalink

    I’d love to see Craig Yeast get this job. He’s one of the best to play wide receiver at UK, has ties to high school football in Kentucky and Ohio and has coached wide receivers on the college level. He also has a son who is a UK commitment and who looks a lot like his dad on the football field.

  2. inside info2
    10:18 am January 19, 2016 Permalink

    I love Craig Yeast. His talent was very under-appreciated during his time at UK. I think he was a huge reason Tim Couch was picked #1 in the draft. But does he have enough experience to come in to an SEC school and coach?

    • SinceStollField
      10:37 am January 19, 2016 Permalink

      That’s good question and one Craig is going to need to answer, if he is even considered for the job. He had 208 catches for 2,899 yards at UK and played in both the NFL and CFL, so I’m sure he knows the position.

  3. Wildcat-Mafia
    10:20 am January 19, 2016 Permalink

    Sometimes people have to make the best decision for themselves… Gran or Scott one made that decision. Freddie you know best of all the locker room and the staff wasn’t organized. Stoops didn’t like when you called him out on it and it will more that likely cost you the signing day coverage… I think you were right and calling him out. He claims to be a big boy and can take it… guess not. Don’t stop covering football the way you were…. KSR already has a puppet for the basketball program. Don’t fall into that web of BS.

    • inside info2
      11:01 am January 19, 2016 Permalink


      Love the objective way you cover UK FB Freddie. Keep it up please.

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      12:50 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

      Fuk your mom. Joker is a Cat.

      He was a great WR in the SEC and NFL, a great WR coach in the SEC and NFL, and a great person who isn’t named Tubby (for all you guilty whites voting for Obama and fukin’ up the world).

  4. WizardWCN
    10:35 am January 19, 2016 Permalink

    a few other names to keep an ear out for: Glen Holt, Tommy Cook, and Steve Spurrier Jr.

  5. Wildcat-Mafia
    11:15 am January 19, 2016 Permalink

    Spurrier Jr. keeps popping up….. Got to get someone that will mesh with the rest of staff….

  6. UK Fan In Nashville
    12:21 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    Bring Joker back…*Ducks head.*

    • theWilkman
      2:34 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

      Please, no.. if only to avoid the creepy “Come play WR for the Joker” letters

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:15 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

      Joker was obviously not head coach material, but he did great at UK at every position below that level. Including being offensive coordinator for the only season in SEC history when a QB threw for 40 TDs.

  7. Laker Cat 18
    12:22 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    We must keep in mind that just because you played it, doesn’t mean you can coach it. Huge difference.

  8. Tej
    2:52 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    So many fans wanted a shake up of assistant coaches. That has happened. It appears Coach Scott made a good move for his future. Now, Coach Stoops needs to make a good move for this team’s future. It seems that the coach from Cinn who has worked with Gran and Hinshaw is the logical choice. Buy, I trust Coach Stoops and the OC will find who they want.

  9. lostmyseats
    6:44 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    Larry Fedora or Bob Stoops………..not like a coin toss in the Packers vs. Cardinals game.

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:53 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

      Did you seriously write Bob Stoops?

    • lostmyseats
      9:16 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

      opps…as in stoops…. Mark…stand corrected. long week.

  10. GroundControlToNumber9
    12:45 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

    I could make a buttered pig catch a ball if I knew my job was on the line.

    This guy appeared to forget to tell the buttered pig to put their catching gloves on after the butterin’.

    North Carolina loves them some buttered pigs…. goodbye!

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:48 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

      But here in the real world, no, you couldn’t make a buttered pig catch a football.

    • CATandMONKEY
      8:23 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

      Considering that he coached the running backs last year…

    • UK1983
      8:59 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

      it appears that ground control got into some substances last night. WOW.

  11. Catlogic15
    7:10 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

    If we’re going to hire another Cincinnati assistant, might as well hire Tuberville as head coach.

  12. Sentient Third Eye
    9:16 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

    So was this really Scott deciding to take a better position or Gran establishing that he does have autonomy on the offensive side of the ball?