UK fans rejoiced last night when it was revealed that defensive coordinator Matt House was staying in Lexington. House had been under consideration to become the LB coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, but instead, he will help usher in the next generation of Wildcat defenders.
After this news broke, however, reports trickled out that House had actually wanted to take the NFL job, but UK officials stepped in and shut that option down.
My understanding is, #Kentucky was originally slated to negotiate the buyout for Matt House to be the #Chiefs LBs coach… then decided against it. Was told House wanted to be in KC. Position open once again. https://t.co/GwzADAoVJI
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2019
So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach:
I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) February 10, 2019
If UK did go back on their agreement to let House out of his contract… that’s not ideal in terms of employee satisfaction. But considering the success of the Cats’ defense last season, it’s understandable that UK would want to keep House in-house.
Hopefully it turns out that the agreement for House to stay was more mutual, but if not, let’s just hope the coaching staff can stay cohesive enough to foster a new crop of talent.