Kentucky special teams coordinator Dean Hood has reportedly accepted the head coaching job at Murray State.
According to FootballScoop.com, Hood will replace former Murray State head coach Mitch Stewart, who was not retained on Nov. 23.
Hood joined Mark Stoops’ staff in 2017 and has led the special teams unit, along with helping out the safeties in the secondary. Under Hood, Kentucky has improved exponentially in the special teams department, specifically at punter. The new Murray State head coach was instrumental in Kentucky signing Max Duffy, who helped lead UK finish first nationally in net punting this season and is expected to win the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s top punter.
Hood spent 13 years at Eastern Kentucky University, including eight seasons as the team’s head coach from 2008-15. During his time in Richmond, the Colonels went 55-38 with two Ohio Valley Conference championships and three trips to the FCS playoffs.
Before EKU, Hood spent seven years (2001-07) as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Wake Forest and his defensive units were known for creating turnovers and scoring touchdowns. The Demon Deacons forced 186 turnovers during his tenure, more than two per game.
Now, it seems as though the Kentucky football program will have to replace a key piece on its coaching staff.