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Steve Clinkscale reportedly accepts coaching position at Michigan

Jacob Noger | UK Football

Jacob Noger | UK Football

One of Mark Stoops’ most important assistant coaches is leaving Lexington.

Steve Clinkscale has reportedly agreed to join Jim Harbuagh’s staff at the University of Michigan. According to Sam Webb of 247 Sports, Clinkscale will be the defensive passing game coordinator defensive backs coach for the Wolverines. The three-year deal offers Clinkscale an opportunity to be promoted to co-defensive coordinator in years two and three.

Clinkscale has been an exceptional recruiter since he joined Stoops’ staff in 2016 as defensive backs coach. Recently promoted to defensive passing game coordinator, Clinkscale opened a recruiting pipeline in the state of Michigan, bringing the state’s top prospects to UK in 2018, Marquan McCall, and 2020, Justin Rogers. Rogers is the highest-ranked UK signee in the internet era.

Three of Clinkscale’s recruits — LB DeAndre Square, S Yusuf Corker and OT Jeremy Flax — are expected to be starters when UK’s season opens against UL-Monroe Sept. 4. Clinkscale also secured commitments from three four-star recruits in UK’s top 10 2022 recruiting class, ATH Jeremiah Caldwell and the Wade twins.

In addition to being one of the top recruiters on Stoops’ staff, Clinkscale helped UK’s pass defense rank first in consecutive seasons. This fall the Wildcats must replace two starters at cornerback. Finding someone to replace Coach Clink’s production will be a difficult task for Mark Stoops.

[247 Sports]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

35 Comments for Steve Clinkscale reportedly accepts coaching position at Michigan



  1. wildcatdon
    12:25 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Very disappointing. Didn’t think he would leave.



  2. cDIDDLE88
    12:26 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Damn!



  3. RackEmWillie
    12:26 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Can we hire him back after next season when Harbaugh gets fired?



  4. bbn606
    12:27 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Big mistake, Harbaugh is on his way out and I don’t see Clink replacing him.



  5. neat1ky
    12:28 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Harbaugh is barely hanging on he is making a major mistake



  6. Headhurts
    12:28 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    That’s business, now let’s go steal another teams asst coach that recruit’s well cause we’re on a roll.



  7. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    12:29 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Well, you can say goodbye to our recruiting class now



    • Bluehender
      12:33 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      Yeah lets go jump off a bridge. You go first…



    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      2:55 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      You equate losing a top recruiting class to jumping off a bridge? I’ve heard hyperbole in my time, but that is a bit much.



    • nocode96
      5:22 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      Pensacola, I don’t think you know what hyperbole means, because your first comment is a perfect example of the word, not the guy sarcastically replying to you. Hyperbole is over reacting to something, and saying we lose our recruiting class because one coach within minutes of said coach leaving is absolutely hyperbole. And….bluehender is right, so many of you “fans” are so quick to reach doom and gloom conclusions and it’s both frustrating and hilarious to read the way y’all react.



    • Bluehender
      7:22 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      My comment above was meant for his comment below..



  8. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    12:30 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    It’s so frustrating always being on the bottom in football



  9. VilleCat11
    12:35 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    That stinks… Thanks for all you did here clink… Wouldnt mind seeing a post about possible replacements..



  10. TheMaxCat
    12:35 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    and the UK – Big Ten battles cross from hoops to the grid iron. Good luck and much thanks to Coach Clink and we can’t settle, got to try to find an upgrade. (not an ez task)



    • Cletis75
      12:42 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      Thank Coach Clink, for all your help and contributions. I have a feeling that we’re going to feel this one pretty bad. Hopefully we can find a good replacement, but this is a tough loss for sure.



  11. JoeBee
    12:37 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Well that sucks.



  12. bigblue98
    12:39 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    They will be fine. Good luck to him. He signed a three year contract and will get a huge raise. There’s no way with this one that UK could match as sounded like they were offering about $200000 more. When increase his have to increase other positional coaches, so looking at increasing assistant coaches salaries combined by over 1 million – not going to happen. Have trust in Stoops that he’ll find the right person.



    • WKY Cat
      1:50 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      Huge raise and bigger title. Once Harbough is fired he can stay on the DC level. Smart move on his behalf.



    • Axel72
      10:36 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      We could have matched or exceeded any offer they made, last time I checked UK Football pays for every other sport except BBall at the UK, and the fact UK bball pays for itself and more is rare, I believe there are only about 10 schools that are positive cash flow in BBall. If it was about money it shouldn’t have been, but I doubt it was, say what anybody wants and I love UK football and what is happening, but Michigan is still on a different level than UK, so until we start hitting the big bowls year in and year out everybody can just cool their heels on that.



  13. gacat123
    12:42 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Congratulations to Clink happy for him. Let’s hope that we can keep the Wade twins and Caldwell…



  14. BobbyBlue
    12:43 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Darn that was fast— Guess he gave the Cats no time to counter offer ?
    Maybe he just wanted to go back to Michigan.



  15. Howdy Doody
    12:58 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Beat of Luck !!!



  16. gasman01
    1:10 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Wonder if he will take recruits with him…



  17. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    1:14 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    $1M per will ll do that for a brother



  18. ClutchCargo
    1:28 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Well, that one hurts. But I’m sure Stoops, as a former DC, has a handle on replacing him. I would worry more if it was a key offensive coach and recruiter we were losing.



    • Cat4life23
      1:39 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      Because our offense is amazing lol



  19. ClutchCargo
    1:57 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    I knew I would get called on that one. That was a hypothetical example from some alternate universe where our offense is amazing and we just lost a key piece.



  20. JT55
    2:11 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Great hire for Mich. I wish him well in AA



  21. peaches76
    2:12 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    If we sold beer to us commoners we could match that Michigan offer? Just wondering



  22. secrick
    2:23 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    What did you want him to do stay at Ky for the rest of his life and not try to be a ahead coach. People want to better themselves.



  23. Bluehender
    4:15 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Actually was aimed at your other comment but put in the wrong spot.. I myself really don’t feel like we’re on the bottom any more. We are making strides..



    • Bluehender
      4:16 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      Comment meant for PensacolaCatFan above.



  24. millertim
    4:25 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Shocking that Stoops and Barnhart didn’t do everything to keep him here (more $$$, additional title, etc…)… Blown away that Michigan still has that kind of
    pull in SEC country and against an emerging SEC power…



  25. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:59 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Looks like Mich made Mitch look like a b****.



  26. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    6:39 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    “Mitch” always makes Mitch look like a b!tch