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KSR SOURCES: Eddie Gran, Darin Hinshaw are being let go

Now that the regular season is over, the Kentucky Football program is making some changes.

Sources tell KSR that offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw have been relieved of their duties. Another offensive assistant may be let go as well. Replacements have not been chosen, but the source tells KSR the search will be “wide” and focus on “opening up the offense.”

This season, Kentucky averaged 311.8 yards of total offense, which ranked 117th in the country, and 124.4 passing yards per game, which ranked 121st. UK was just as bad in the red zone, ranking in the bottom 25 nationally. Against Florida, Georgia and Alabama the Wildcats only scored one touchdown. Over Gran’s five years as offensive coordinator, Kentucky averaged 367 yards per game (11th in the SEC), 26.2 points per game (10th in the SEC), 225.9 rushing yards per game (4th in the SEC), and 155 passing yards per game (13th in the SEC).

Even though Kentucky’s passing offense was not always explosive, Gran found other ways to rewrite record books throughout his tenure.

Serving as Kentucky’s running backs coach, he helped turn Benny Snell in to the school’s all-time leading rusher in just three seasons, breaking a 43-year-old record. The Wildcats had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his first four seasons and in 2019 he turned a hapless offense into a winner by playing a wide receiver at quarterback. Lynn Bowden’s Wildcat attack behind the Big Blue Wall broke the school’s single-game rushing record in consecutive games to end the regular season, including a 45-13 win over Louisville.

In five years with Gran at the helm of UK’s offense, the Wildcats were 36-26 with a 3-1 record in the Governor’s Cup. The Wildcats also won at Florida, at Tennessee, a walk-off comeback in the Belk Bowl and a Citrus Bowl victory that capped off a 10-win season in 2018.

Despite success in the first four years, the offense grew stale in 2020 with the former Cincinnati offensive coordinator and longtime Tommy Tuberville disciple at the helm. An emotionally and physically demanding year, instead of trying to crack the code one more time with Gran, Stoops is hitting the rest button offensively ahead of the 2021 season.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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63 Comments for KSR SOURCES: Eddie Gran, Darin Hinshaw are being let go



  1. Hereforbeer
    12:11 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Curveball!



  2. UKBigBlueForever
    12:11 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Finally.



  3. jakew60
    12:12 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Knew it was coming



  4. UKBigBlueForever
    12:12 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Gran should’ve left and went to UGA when he had the chance



    • CatfaninCinci
      1:42 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Hahahahahaha

      They made that up. UGA never wanted him,



  5. UKiyaoyas
    12:13 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    He’ll go somewhere and score 50 points a game.



    • Gogh Big Bleu
      12:15 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I’m afraid you’re right



    • IrishCat
      12:16 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Very likely.



    • UKBigBlueForever
      12:17 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Probably will. It was time for a change though



    • HackRichards
      12:18 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t doubt that one bit!



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:21 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve defended Stoops every season, but I believe he is the problem and not Eddie Gran so I don’t think much will change.



    • Gogh Big Bleu
      12:31 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I think after a new OC and QB coach arrives, if it’s the same story as the last several years then we will know without a doubt who/where the real problem is.



    • ready4nineNOW
      1:32 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Last several years? Man you have a short memory.



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:35 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I agree GBB and if that happens I think it’s time to replace Stoops.



    • kycatshoops
      12:45 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Replace Stoops? LOL. Some people will never be happy



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:14 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      If the new OC and QB coaches don’t fix it then the common denominator is Stoops and if Stoops is the problem he needs to be replaced.



    • Bluehender
      2:11 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I’m with you 4ever..let’s see what happens



    • UKiyaoyas
      1:58 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I’m a huge Stoops fan. You can’t argue the culture is totally different now. But wins need to come for the culture to stay the same. I will agree that if a new OC and QB coach comes and it’s more of the same then we look back to what Lamar Thomas said. It doesn’t take that many pass happy OC’s hired and fired to see that someone up top has their defensive minded thumb on the OC.



  6. Papa Johns 40th Pizza
    12:13 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Praise the Kentucky Football Gods. But seriously we should all be appreciative for what these guys have done for the program. Yeah Gran has had plenty of questionable calls, but he’s taken some risks that helped propel us into some big wins. Nod and handshake for these guys



  7. Gogh Big Bleu
    12:16 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    It’s never not sad when someone loses their job, but this had to happen. We wish Gran and Hin well.



  8. UKgrad80
    12:18 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Well I have mixed emotions. Gran created great running schemes to make last year a success but I do agree he has abandoned the passing game since he has been here. When he was at UC he led a great passing attack so what happened? Was it Stoops forcing Gran to use the clock grinding offense. We have been through numerous OC’s during the Stoops era all came in with good credentials but then all turned into boring play callers. At some point we have to look at the common denominator which is Stoops. He needs to have no input on the OC and let him do his thing whoever it might be. Good luck to Gran has been a loyal member of the wildcat family and I feel like his hands were tied during his tenure here.



    • Lexingtonyn
      12:19 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Helps to have a QB that can pass the ball.



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:25 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      From what little I’ve seen out of the other QB’s we still don’t have the answer to that problem. I know a lot of fans think Beau Allen is the answer but from what I’ve seen he may be more accurate but doesn’t have the arm strength and that still doesn’t solve the problem with receivers who can get open and then catch the ball.



    • danielscott52
      12:40 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      He’s a freshman . Arm strength improves. Plus a couple of his throws looked good. Can’t judge by looking at your tv screen bud



    • Middy
      12:34 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I would not say that about Neal Brown. He squeezed juice from turnips. Let’s just hope we can get back to improving.



    • Dave C
      12:49 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Thats the extremely frustrating part of this. LAST YEAR. How the hell can you create that much offensive production with what was basically a One Trick Pony, and then look so Tapioca now? Don’t try to convince me it was all Bowden, because although he deserves tremendous credit, it doesn’t explain this away. Was it the line? Something intangible? Its mind boggling.



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:17 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      daniel little buddy, there are plenty of freshmen QB’s with arm strength, a couple throws looked good and a few did not. How is it you can judge good throws by looking at your tv screen but not bad throws….Bud?



    • 77CatFan
      4:06 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Stoops is next unless he hides in the examination tent when UK is on offense. I bet that transfer QB doesn’t start unless Stoops says he will.



  9. VinDatuk
    12:19 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    If y’all think Gran and Hinshaw were the problem, you don’t know football. It’s a Stoops philosophy issue and until that changes, you could bring Mike Leach back here to run the offense and we’d still score less than 30 points. Gran and Hinshaw had explosive offenses in Cincy and all of a sudden forgot how to spread it around…I don’t think so.



    • mashman 93
      12:19 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Bingo



    • Lexingtonyn
      12:20 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Bingo!



    • Gogh Big Bleu
      12:21 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Can’t argue with that



    • UKinIN
      12:22 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Only coach left to be let go would the the WR coach. Gran and Hinshaw covered QB and RB, Marrow is TE and he’s not going anywhere.



    • Urincatland
      12:23 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Totally agree!



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:25 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Bingo x3



    • bigbluebg
      12:34 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I agree with you to an extent, but we absolutely cannot fire Stoops. Stoops philosophy is part if the problem, but I think the QB and WRs are another larger part. Terry simply can’t throw touch passes, how many times yesterday did we get in the Red Zone and throw for the End Zone only to have the ball sail out of bounds. The WRs had a 0% chance of catching those throws. WRs dropped balls all season, and couldn’t get separation against the above average teams.

      Someone’s head had to roll and it was Gran. Perhaps Mitch will make Stoops lay off the OC for once and let em open it up…but I doubt that will happen.

      Hopefully Joey Gatewood or Beau Allen are given a chance to learn, grow, and develop connections with the youngster WRs in the non-con cupcake games next year. I think we have some play makers on the team other than Allen, but most were true-frehsman this year (or will be next year).

      We need to catch up to the rest of the SEC in terms of scoring/passing. We are so, so, so far behind right now.



    • bigbluebg
      12:41 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      other than Ali*



  10. Bluenblood
    12:21 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Offensive numbers are terrible. Rushing is just OK. Middle of the pack but all others are at the bottom ranked worse than the Top 100 FBS teams. Special tema defense are cellar deellers too



  11. gashd
    12:23 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Matt complains all the time about the pictures they use of him in the media. This the best photo you could use of Eddie Gran? I appreciate what he did for KY football. It’s not easy competing in the SEC with a wide receiver as your Quarterback……..



  12. UKFanSC
    12:25 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    No surprise at all



  13. Bluebloodtoo
    12:27 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t understand how ranking offenses purely on game stats on a national level is even relevant. The variation in opponents makes them useless unless you adjust for that.



    • BobbyBlue
      12:40 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      How can you throw it around if you don’t have any competent receivers ?
      How can you recruit top notch receivers if you don’t throw it around — We have the complete catch 22 going on with UK football.



  14. UKinIN
    12:32 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Gran did not work for Stoops for five years without being able to call the game his way. Gran has too much experience and too many contacts to put up with that. Even the Great and Powerful Saban interjects his opinion. They’re head coaches! It’s their job to win games. People that think Stoops overruled Gran need to quit beating that horse.



    • dcforuk
      12:37 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I do not completely agree with you. Maybe I agree a little but not a lot. What you don’t understand obviously is that he has a desire and a requirement to submit to the preferred leadership/offensive style of his head coach.

      It is accurate to still beat that horse some whether you believe that or not



    • BigBogee
      12:42 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Great point! He had offers elsewhere that he turned down. Why do that for 5 years if you couldn’t call your own game? Gran would’ve took a major hit in public perception. Thats a big thing to LET someone else screw up for you as a coordinator……..



    • dcforuk
      12:53 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      It Ultimately comes down to is it the right fit. I do believe that Eddie will probably land somewhere else and be successful. Stoops is going to have to grow through this and be willing to loosen up those apron strings



  15. Logic_Prevails
    12:36 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Please do not confuse the AAC with SEC. 50+ points at Cincinnati is not the same as doing it in a tough SEC. I have enjoyed having Gran here but college football is different now than when he was putting up big numbers at UC. All of the top programs have wide open spread concept offenses and that is not what Gran does. He is great at what he does, we just need something different if we want to compete in the SEC.



    • Hi Im Reality
      12:41 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      UK football doesn’t have the athletes for a spread offense in the SEC.



  16. UKInsider
    12:37 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Change was needed for the future of the program. Time will tell who was the real problem. That said, Gran was nothing but pure class and a standup guy during his tenure at UK.



  17. Hi Im Reality
    12:39 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Does this mean no bowl game?



    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      1:28 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Yep



    • runningunnin.454
      2:26 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I would think so; we all know HCMS football philosophy is play it safe, play not to lose; don’t turn the players loose, and don’t let them play the game.
      And so, a great senior class is denied their swan song. Sad.



    • CJKAssassin123
      3:44 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Stoops a little while ago confirmed that if UK gets a Bowl Game invitation they will accept it.



  18. ThankfulCat
    12:41 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Anyone who believes Kirby Smart was going to hire Gran as OC is a moron. He was never hiring anyone other than Todd Monken. Gran would’ve been on the staff but not as OC. He used it for leverage for money



  19. mothandras
    1:22 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Hire Joker Phillips! The Circle of Life! Gran could get a head coaching gig somewhere.. lots of openings.



  20. ricko52
    1:37 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Gran is not the problem it’s Stoop’s that has the choke hold on the offense and his run run run Eddie was thrown under the bus for Stoop’s philosophy of run all the time, Gran had a wide open high scoring offensive scheme and the fact that Wilson just could throw accurately and consistently enough and Stoops not willing to make a change at qb Stoops cost us several games because of this he’s the one that needs to be looking for a job just coached so many times and we are paying him how many million!



    • Corder
      3:29 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      And where did he coach and in what league did he coach with all those numbers? He didn’t adapt at all when he got to the SEC. he didn’t recruit the players he needed either to run his system. Sorry but he had plenty of time and resources to find a good solid QB as well as WR and he never did. His entire time here he kept failing on the recruiting trail and gettin juco QBs. Obviously the high school kids knew something y’all don’t. Gran can’t handle a game plan against top level Ds. Simple as that. Look at saterfield at UofL, had this great offesne at his last school and now can’t do anything.



  21. justgettingstartedbro
    2:00 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Some people thrive on chaos and the only way they can can continue to thrive (at least perceived anyway) is to continue creating chaos. It’s never their fault is always everyone else’s.



  22. runningunnin.454
    2:05 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Scapegoats; what did Lee Harvey say?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KwRx11CONM



  23. 77CatFan
    4:11 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops is next unless he hides in the examination tent when UK is on offense. I bet that transfer QB doesn’t start unless Stoops says he will



  24. east-ky-boy
    5:37 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    He will go and be an awesome OC. Wait and see. He was at Cincy. Stoops is handcuffing him. Could I be wrong? Sure. But the guy has a proven record prior to us.



  25. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:56 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    All this lie for Stoops loyalty is cute but unwarranted. Yes he made us better but still not good enough and acting like he isn’t the problem is only going to hurt the team more in the long run. No other OC has been successful under Stoops compared to what their level of success should have been based on past and future stats. As long as he is the head coach OCs will struggle unless he finally realizes no team can succeed with him acting like the OC. If he grows up and stops being stubborn changing the offense may just work but if he continues to be Stoops he’s going to bury us even deeper in $h!+ and make it even harder to craw out of it