It’s officially, official: Jemal Singleton will be the Kentucky Wildcats next running backs coach and special teams coordinator.
Reports initially surfaced on Sunday that the Cincinnati Bengals’ assistant would head down I-75 to join Liam Coen’s first offensive staff. The University of Kentucky confirmed Thursday morning that Singleton will coach the Cats talented group of running backs in the fall of 2021.
“We are excited to welcome Jemal Singleton to our program,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “He came highly recommended from (UK defensive coordinator) Brad White, who I highly respect, as they worked together in the NFL. After I did the research on him, saw his background, and visited with him, it was a no-brainer. He has also worked in the same system as (new offensive coordinator) Liam Coen and he will be a great fit.”
Singleton spent the last five years in the NFL after more than a decade in the collegiate ranks.
“We are so excited to be a part of the Big Blue Nation,” Singleton said. “My wife and daughter are horse people and we all know Lexington is a great place for that but I had a chance to come to the NFL Pro Day last year and walk around the facility. I was very impressed with everything Kentucky Football has done for their players. Everything is first class. Coach Stoops has really built something special at Kentucky. I also have history with Coach Brad White from way back at Air Force and also in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, and this is just an amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”
Born in Incirlik, Turkey, and native of San Antonio, Texas, Singleton was the son of an Air Force Sergeant. He graduated from Air Force in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences after playing three years on the football team.
UPDATE: I admittedly glossed over the press released and missed the part where Singleton will also be Kentucky’s special teams coordinator. Mark Stoops has acquiesced to a grievance made by many fans.