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Jojo Kemp will Coach College Football in Kentucky

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JoJo Kemp’s playing days are over, but he is not finished with football.  This morning the former Kentucky running back announced he will now be known as “Coach Kemp” to wide receivers at the University of the Cumberlands.

“I’m going to be out there recruiting and on the sideline,” Kemp said in an interview with Kentucky Roll Call.  “It’s something I’ve always had dreams and aspirations of doing.  I’m finally getting started in my career and you’re going to be seeing me a lot more.”

Kemp will be a graduate assistant for the Patriots as he pursues his MBA in Williamsburg.  The University of the Cumberlands plays in the NAIA’s Mid-South Conference and will face other colleges around the state this fall, like Union College, Campbellsville and UPike.

After completing his Kentucky career at the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, Kemp initially pursued a career in the NFL.  When teams quit calling, he decided against leaving the states to pursue foreign football opportunities.  Not long after, UK’s Director of Player Development, Freddie Maggard, reached out to Kemp to talk about his future.

“I’ve been talking to Freddie for a while now and he played a part as well,” Kemp said. “We sat down and he asked me: ‘What do I want to do? What’s my plan B?’ We talked it up and that’s something I pointed out to him. He definitely had a part in helping me start on this new journey, getting me this first step.”

During his Kentucky career, Jojo rushed for 1,709 yards, 19 touchdowns, while helping improve the team’s record from 2-10 in his freshman year, to 7-6 and a bowl berth in his final season.  He learned a lot of lessons from Mark Stoops that he will take with him to Williamsburg.

“All of the stuff Coach Stoops taught us, I’m going to keep it in my heart.  Nobody gives you nothing.  Keep fighting.  Control what you can control.  Those are all things that I learned being at Kentucky.  At times it’ll be hard, but you just gotta keep fighting.  Those are tools I can never forget.”

Kemp is starting small, but he has big dreams for his coaching career.

“This is a very exciting first step for me and I can’t wait to see in five, ten years where I’ll be…maybe at Kentucky.”

Below you’ll find the entire interview with Jojo.  He talked about his favorite memories from Kentucky, what it took to successfully create a winning culture in Lexington and what he saw when Benny Snell first stepped onto the Kentucky practice field.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for Jojo Kemp will Coach College Football in Kentucky



  1. Realme
    12:19 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

    Jojo is the best, wish him every success.



  2. michaelb
    12:21 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

    Yes jojo is a beast



  3. HoosierCatfan
    1:22 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

    By far my favorite player in a long time. I have no doubt he would be successful at whatever he decided to do. You can just tell from his attitude. I wish he was on our staff. Hopefully some day he will be!



  4. katfan33
    1:44 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

    I gotta lot of love for JoJo. He’s everything that’s great about UK athletics.



  5. Wade
    1:55 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

    Should have hired him instead of maxwell at uk as a brand ambassador.

  6. Wow! My alma mater plays them on Sep. 8! I wish it were at our place so I could meet him but it’s at their place, and I won’t be able to make the trip. Maybe I can meet him next year if UK doesn’t snap him up by then.

    Congrats JoJo! I’m 100% sure you’ll do well.

    BTW, I met Hal Mumme when Belhaven came to our field a few years ago



  7. Le Docteur
    4:55 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

    South Carolina better hope they don’t play Cumberland.



  8. notFromhere
    9:32 am July 25, 2018 Permalink

    Awesome news! This young man is motivation in a bottle. I hope he’s back at UK sooner rather than later. Go JOJO!