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SOURCES: Matt House is taking the Kansas City job

The Matt House-to-Kansas City fiasco is finally over, but it’s not a result that favors Kentucky.

After ultimately deciding on staying at Kentucky rather than making the jump to coach Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, the AFC runner-up made a second run at the UK defensive coordinator last night.

Now, sources tell KSR that House WILL, in fact, take the job with Kansas City and Kentucky will now have to look for a new defensive coordinator.

This past Friday morning, ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Kansas City was expected to hire House as the team’s linebackers coach.

After KSR broke the news on Saturday evening that House was likely staying at Kentucky, the school soon came out and confirmed that the UK defensive coordinator had turned down the Chiefs and would be staying at the school.

Soon after, Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports! released a report indicating UK was not willing to let him out of his deal and that he wanted to join the Chiefs.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network also reported something similar.

Sources tell KSR that while there may have been a contract issue on both sides, it had more to do with Kansas City not being willing to pay House’s $150,000 buyout more than Kentucky being unreasonable in the negotiation process. After a second push by the Chiefs last night (and and agreement to pay the buyout), the deal was done.

Now, House is heading to the NFL and Kentucky is left searching for a defensive coordinator.

—— UPDATE ——

Justin Rowland of Rivals.com says Kentucky outside linebackers coach Brad White is now the frontrunner to take over as defensive coordinator.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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50 Comments for SOURCES: Matt House is taking the Kansas City job



  1. Brutal Hustler
    9:11 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    This stinks



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    9:11 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    What a mess.



  3. Papaw
    9:11 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Make up your mind coach



  4. Cokely53
    9:12 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Makes me think the rumor that UK wouldn’t let him go at first may have been true. Hate to believe that but something seems fishy



    • ready4nineNOW
      10:30 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      All they wanted was the negotiated buy-out amount. It’s business.



    • Cokely53
      10:58 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      The entire second part including the story wasn’t on there when my original post was made. Everything from below the first tweet was added later



  5. RickysVD
    9:13 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    It hurts when I pee



    • StillBP
      9:26 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      been a while since you’ve been here lol



    • kjd
      9:34 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      This report is a better look for UK from last week’s story. It sounds like UK wanted the contract buyout, and KC was being cheap. Good for UK for sticking to the contract.
      Now, Coach Stoops and AD Barnhart, make a really good hire. This hire is extremely important to keep the momentum going.



  6. mothandras
    9:13 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!



  7. satcheluk
    9:13 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    That played out strangely.



  8. katfan33
    9:14 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    The journalistic skills shown by KSR in covering this story has been amateur at best. All the writers on this site should be 100% ashamed. Bush league!!!



    • drew_123
      9:30 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      What did they do wrong? Honest question



    • BBNJustin
      9:35 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly… What did they do wrong? I think they have done a fantastic job. They were the first site to break parts of the story.



    • njCat
      12:48 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Not the best take dude.



  9. Mike Honcho
    9:14 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    How dare that bastard go from coaching a defense that’s losing almost every player to the 2020 Super Bowl favorites!! Does he not know we finished tied for second in the sec east that one time!



    • StuckinLville
      9:25 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah they lost their secondary but have plenty of young back ups.



    • StillBP
      9:28 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t think any fans are blaming him.



  10. bcvfd626
    9:16 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    We need to talk Bob Stoops out of coaching the planned XFL team and bring him in.



    • CatsfaninFL
      10:27 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Thought he was offensive guy?



    • JASUN74
      10:45 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      He’s a Football guy!!! Lol



  11. UKinIN
    9:18 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    So what is the truth about this story? Why did House return to UK the first time and why did he ultimately choose to take the KC job.



    • henderblue
      9:54 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Did you read the story? KC at first was not willing to pay the buyout. Then changed their minds



    • Cokely53
      10:59 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Hender: that story was not on there when he wrote this comment. Chill out



    • symphonist41169
      9:56 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      My take on it is this: he expected KC to pay his UK contract buyout – not an unreasonable expectation since they were the ones wanting him to leave UK for KC – but they were unwilling to do it. After he called their bluff and told them he’d stay at UK they suddenly changed their minds and decided to pay it. I don’t see how this scenario makes UK look bad, even though it was originally spun that way. Disclaimer: this is purely opinion and conjecture on my part since I have no intimate knowledge of the details of what happened.



    • henderblue
      11:58 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      This story Coke. Guess you didn’t read it either. I’m chilled..



  12. Brew Dranklin
    9:18 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t fault House for making the jump. Hope he has great success.



  13. RackEmWillie
    9:33 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Well, they better hope Eddie “Jesus” Gran can be both the OC and DC. That’s really what UK needs at this point in time.



  14. StillBP
    9:34 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    really pathetic if the hold up was really due to KC not wanting to pay that buyout. All the money they have in the NFL, that’s pretty stingy not wanting to pay $150,000 to take a coach off contract.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      9:39 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly why Kentucky was holding firm with what was written in his contract. You want him, come get him.



    • bigblue98
      9:53 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed – the money they spend on NFL player contracts is ridiculous. Small potatoes on this buyout compared to spending 25-30 million on a qb.



    • StillBP
      9:53 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Guess they thought they could do whatever they want since they are the NFL. Like big bro trying to take lil bro’s lunch lol. Barnhart said I don’t think so, you’re going to have to pay for that, no freebies! Good for Mitch.



  15. CahillsCrossingNT
    9:35 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    For what it’s worth, I prefer they elevate from within the staff and then hire another position coach. Familiarity in my opinion is desirable. This whole thing has been a fiasco.



  16. bbn606
    9:37 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    I would rather him go than UK hinder him. This is a normal process in the coaching system. Don’t fret, the next one may be better.



    • foamfinger
      9:56 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      True, but he does have a buyout for a reason. It’s wishful thinking and irresponsible that you could hire a coach away from another organization/school without ponying up for the buyout, especially if you want them. KC had an incredible season and have been doing well the past few years, so you can’t say that they are hurting for money.



    • notFromhere
      11:36 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Foamfinger is right. Shitty PR stunt by KC trying to force UK to eat the buyout from his contract. Was rooting for the Chiefs previous to this. They can stick it



  17. bigblue98
    9:40 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Next man up – promote White!



  18. blueblood23
    9:57 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    I think matt Jones just puts whatever he wants out on twitter and on the news feed regardless if it’s factual or not just to break news, and be involved.which leads to a lot of confusion and misinformation



    • StillBP
      9:59 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      you really think this one was on Matt? He wasn’t the only one breaking the news. KSR has jumped the shark before, but this doesn’t appear to be the case here if you actually read the story.



    • blueblood23
      10:07 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      They took my reply off I guess. Touched a nerve lol.



    • bigbluebanana
      10:17 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      No, it’s still there. In the recent Gran rumor, I think KSR 100% fabricated the story as MJ was quite literally the only source. Any article you clicked anywhere cited MJ as the source. However, on this particular event, I think what MJ and KSR have reported is 100% legit. House was going to leave, he confirmed it, so they reported it. KC didn’t pay the buyout, so House stayed and they reported that. Now, KC decides to pay out and House is gone, and they’re reporting that correctly. This is one of those scenarios that just didn’t play out smoothly for anyone.



  19. rubenv
    10:02 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Oh no. We suck again



  20. cats646
    10:12 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Wtf. This sucks



  21. UKfansNKY
    10:35 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah it sucks! But it looks like House wants to go to KC and doesn’t want to be a KY. If that is true he needs to move on, we do not need a Coach that doesn’t want to be here! The CATS will be just fine!!!



  22. UKFootballYall
    10:40 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t really blame him. He will only coach a handful of guys for 5-6 months a year and will have no recruiting and/or babysitting duties. Sounds like he is semi-retiring.



  23. notFromhere
    11:32 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    So, next time you see an article, tweet, or report by Paylor and Rapaport, you’ll know they are bought and paid for by the NFL. They put out the NFL spin to make UK look bad and give KC a shot at House again. Dbags.

    Hate the NFL more and more every day.

    Very disappointed he’s leaving, but I still think the Cats’ll win 11 games in one season in the next year or two.

    Thanks for what you did for us, Coach House!



    • jaws2
      2:25 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Haven’t watched the National Fix League for years. From what I read and saw video of in the Saints game, I don’t think I’ve missed a thing.



  24. Big johnson
    11:37 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    My source s say your sources suck.



  25. timer2
    11:55 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

    The defense last year reminded me of the Florida defense when Bob Stoops was the DC. I wonder if he would have any interest….