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Report: Stoops has Filled Two Quality Control Positions

Landis (left) and Mastakis.

Landis (left) and Mastakis.

Landis (left) and Matsakis.

Mark Stoops has added two more coaches to his staff in non-coaching roles, according to The Courier-Journal.

Brian Landis, former safeties coach at EKU and Georgetown College, will join the staff as the defensive quality control coach.  Louie Matsakis, former special teams coordinator at Kansas, will be the special teams quality control position.  The third quality control coach hired for 2016 is former Iowa State wide receivers Tommy Mangino, who will control the offense to the highest of qualities.

Quality control positions are new to the staff for the 2016 season.  They are not technically assistant coaches.  They do not count as one of the nine full-time assistants and they cannot have responsibilities on the field.  They are essentially glorified graduate assistants.  A full job description:

This position will serve as a close assistant to a coordinator of the University of Kentucky football program. The Quality Control Assistant must have the ability to multitask, and produce quality reports with developed statistical analysis for a coordinator.

The assistant will work ahead of coaches, and break down game film, charting opponent tendencies. This position will interpret and adhere to university as well as NCAA, and SEC policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

If you’re counting offseason coaching additions to Mark Stoops’ staff, the number is now up to seven — three new quality control coaches, two new offensive coordinators, a new wide receivers coach and a defensive backs coach to replace Derrick Ansley.

[The Courier-Journal]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

21 Comments for Report: Stoops has Filled Two Quality Control Positions



  1. Kernel Sanders
    12:06 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    So we have a “Special Teams Quality Control Coordinator” that is not technically an assistant coach and cannot have on the field responsibilities, yet we still do not have a “Special Teams Coordinator”. I really don’t know what to think about that. Cart before the horse maybe? I was really hoping to see a Special Teams coordinator hired after all the disorganization and confusion on special teams last year. Oh well, I guess the ST Quality control guy can make a phone call down to the sidelines when we line up 8 guys on a punt return.



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:35 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Maybe they are still looking for one, troll?



    • Kernel Sanders
      12:58 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Hey Big Bored, do you have to really, really try to be a jerk, or do you come by it naturally? Either way, you wear it well. You know how you can tell someone has a teeny IQ and can’t think of any way to rationally discuss anything that they don’t agree with? They throw out the word “troll” constantly.



    • inside info2
      1:41 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      UKBB, Coach Stoops has already said it will be another year by committee for the Special Teams.

      I think the quality control positions are a great thing if they work. But my god, how much money are we spending on the staff and we won’t have any more wins this year than last year — probably less.



    • cats paw
      2:10 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      glad to see that BBN is finally catching on to Big Board. he is the purest form of a troll. his life consist of trolling the board and bashing UK fans. he’s a fat little computer geek thats angry because he could never play sports but tries to find relevence in them by beind a groupie fan



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:23 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      LOL. My what an imagination you have. Its completely false, however. But good try!! 😉



  2. roundball fool
    12:38 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    This “Quality Control” title is a hoot. Sounds like Stoops is going to supplement his income by selling widgets to China.



  3. Bluebloodtoo
    12:52 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    This stuff makes me believe that Stoops is now thinking like the big boys. Very happy UK is supporting this effort.



  4. Patjoco
    1:01 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    How many freaking coaches and “quality control controllers” does it take to run a football team?
    what is the money source for all these hires? just wondering…. now how much will tuition go up………………how about cutting salaries so kids can afford a higher education. Gee Whiz



    • macsauce13
      1:44 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Cutting salaries for higher education? WTH? Why are you on this site? Would you like to see this program improve? Good lord man, get a grip.



    • lexwildcat
      4:31 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Quite a few, many of the bigger programs have several QC assistants. We are finally making the right moves in that department.

      They aren’t paid like assistant coaches. They make around 60k which isn’t much in the coaching circles. Also the $EC provides the money, doesn’t impact tuition.



  5. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:02 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    I would feel better if these guys had real football schools on their resumes instead of Kansas, Iowa State, Eastern & Georgetown……not much pedigree.



    • cats paw
      2:14 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      and the next school he interviews at will laugh because he has Ky on his resume! ky can only wish it had the clout of eastern ky and Georgetown football



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:23 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      ^ Look who’s trolling….



  6. 2thepoint
    1:42 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Why the snarky remarks? We have needed them or they wouldn’t be hired! We complained Stoops didn’t have a grip on things so he got rid of some coaches and have hired replacements, but now we are bitching we don’t need them or just get rid of team because we can’t afford them? Good grief!



    • Kernel Sanders
      2:30 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Maybe we do need QC coaches, but as mentioned above, Stoops is not going to hire a Special Teams Coordinator. Do you recall last season’s special teams play? I remember 8 men on the field on a punt return, punt returners calling fair catches at least 3 times when their feet were planted on about the 4 yard line, calling a timeout to ice OUR OWN field goal kicker, coaches in heated arguments on the sideline during special teams situations, taking a delay of game penalty vs. Vandy on a field goal attempt. Tennessee returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns within 3 minutes. I’m sure I’m omitting a lot.

      Point being, I’m not saying we DON’T need a special teams quality control guy, but it seems to me (in my opinion, this is a “discussion board” right?) that you first hire a Special Teams coordinator because last year it looked like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off running around. Just seems like a strange way to build your staff. IMO



    • inside info2
      2:44 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      LOL Kernel Sanders. I love that you naively pointed out that this is a “discussion board”. It is only a discussion board if you blindly follow what coaches and Matt Jones tell you. If you deviate from their talking points then it becomes a bashing board whereby you are bashed for being a troll. Never mind if your statements make sense or your opinion is supported and well thought out (see any UK Big Board comment).



    • Kernel Sanders
      2:57 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Inside info,, well not naïve, I have been here long enough to know. Maybe I’m too idealistic, but I’d like to think at least some people don’t mind a little back and forth discussion with differing viewpoints without resorting to name calling and childish behavior. I for one realize that at least the large majority of commenters on here are UK fans, but that doesn’t mean we all have to fall in line and swallow the kool aid. Yeah, I get that might be expecting too much….



    • Bluebloodtoo
      4:38 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Based on my experience, there can be someone who is responsible for something without having the full title of the job description. Maybe the expectation is that someone will grow into the role and then get the title. It’s obvious that they are increasing the head count of coaching type personnel. Don’t get too caught up in a title. Example: Starters vs 2nd string. Is Alex poythress less valuable to the team coming off the bench? Not really. He could play 35 minutes coming off the bench and be just as valuable. Titles are sometimes there for show/salary, not always there to define your actual role or value to the team.



  7. inside info2
    3:33 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    I guess some people think blindly following the status quo and never criticizing will improve the program. I’m glad there are others like me who don’t believe that. Thanks KS!



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:29 am February 24, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, the drunk know-it-all assholes who get into fights at Little League games think they’re always right, too.