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Stoops on Gran and Hinshaw: “This was the way to move forward”

The University of Kentucky announced that the school has officially parted ways with offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw after five seasons.

“Eddie and I pondered about this for weeks and mutually agreed that this was the way to move forward,” head coach Mark Stoops said in a statement. “I appreciate Eddie for the true professional and friend that he is. I also want to recognize the success we had, going to a bowl game every year since his arrival, with a reflection of our shared vision to do what was necessary to win games.”

In addition to the mutual agreement, both Gran and Hinshaw also released statements.

“I want to thank President Eli Capilouto, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and, of course, Coach Stoops for the opportunity to be at Kentucky,” Gran said. “Coach Stoops has always treated me like family and our professional relationship is awesome.

“I appreciate the hard work and loyalty of the coaches who have coached with me. I appreciate the support of the Big Blue Nation for five awesome years.  And, thanks to the players for believing in me in good and bad times, I love you all and wish you nothing but the best.”

While Gran coached the running backs and called plays, Hinshaw was in charge of the passing game as the quarterbacks coach. Under his tutelage Stephen Johnson and Terry Wilson guided Kentucky to four straight postseason appearances.

“I thank Dr. Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart for the opportunity to coach at UK,” Hinshaw said. “Mark Stoops is an unbelievable head coach, friend, and someone I look up to.  It was an honor to be on his staff and coach the quarterbacks the last five years.  I want to thank Eddie Gran, being with him the last eight years and going to eight straight bowl games.

“Lastly, I want to thank all the players I’ve coached at UK, I love you all and will never forget the great victories and history we made at Kentucky.”

Stoops said the search for replacements will begin immediately.

We’ll look to bring in new ideas and opportunities for an offense that is exciting for players and fans,” Stoops said.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

35 Comments for Stoops on Gran and Hinshaw: “This was the way to move forward”



  1. ukflyguy
    12:53 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Gran just got thrown under the bus. Guarantee he won’t be unemployed for long. Eddie was loyal to Stoops and ran the offense Stoops wanted. This won’t matter unless Stoops decides to let the offensive coordinator run the show. My fear is that after what happened with Dawson and Gran Stoops may find it hard to get a quality coach to come here. Hope this works out but I have my doubts that it will.



    • dcforuk
      1:37 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Yes but everyone also knows it and is aware that this is a moment of truth for stoops. Let’s rally around him and not bash him.



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      3:06 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      That’s fair but we have to be aware that his decision could possibly end up being a bad one and hurt the program. It’s on Stoops to change. He has to change first before anyone else does.



    • Bluenblood
      3:28 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Agree somewhat. The numbers were terrible and the game boring to watch us try not to lose. If thats Stoops fault we will see. Had to make this change



    • ClutchCargo
      3:44 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t see anybody getting thrown under the bus here. And making this move now shows me that Stoops is willing to make a significant change. Let’s wait and see how it plays out.



    • bbn606
      7:34 am December 7, 2020 Permalink

      When you are 14 out of 14 in the conference in offense then you put yourself under the bus.



  2. ricko52
    1:01 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    The offense was not Gran’s fault but Stoop’s he is the one who had a choke hold the offense and run run run Hinshaw I can see but Eddie was the fall guy Stoops is the one who should be looking for a job watch what Eddie does in his next position.



    • Corder
      3:47 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      You don’t know that and are spouting off just like everyone else on this site about things you have no idea about. Gran had plenty of time to get a solid QB and WR core and never did it. Why do you think so many kids passed on his style of ball? Why do you think he always had to get a kid from juco instead of a kid he could have developed into something? The man never adapted to playing in the SEC just like so many coaches across the country. This conference doesn’t allow you to throw it all over the place as easy as people can in the AAC ACC or other conferences that don’t play D like the SEC does. Keep blaming stoops, the man that came in to a program and put together one of the best turnarounds of a trash program in a very long time. How quick y’all turn yalls back on a man that did exactly what all of y’all cried to have. We just want to go back to a bowl game, we just want to be competitive in the SEC, we don’t want to be a cellar dweller in the SEC anymore. The man does everything you ask and still y’all try to take his head off. The main reason why Kentucky fans don’t deserve to have a good football program is because of the lack of loyalty to a man that made sure this school had the proper facilities that were needed to succeed at the next level. Mitch and the higher ups at Kentucky put us so far behind everyone else in this league and yet y’all had no problem blaming everyone else but them. Wake the hell up. Absolutely pathetic fan base.



    • justgettingstartedbro
      7:17 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      I agree Corder. You speak the truth. We sucked under Joker and wished that we were a mediocre team that got to a bowl game every year. It’s all on Gran that our offense stunk every year. But hey why worry we get to go to a bowl again this year which is what we hoped for just a few short Joker years ago. Let’s just learn to be happy with what we are. We are a sometimes good team depending on who we play. As a fan we’re selfish to ask for more than mediocrity. Stoops said early in his tenure here “Why not Kentucky”. It’s definitely gonna be better now that he’s cleaning house. Can’t wait to cheer them on in whatever Bowl game we go to. Go Cats!



  3. JTHinton
    1:07 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Gran is the fallout guy, but not the problem with our offense. I’ve always liked him and wish Eddie the best wherever he ends up!



  4. UKinIN
    1:08 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    We don’t know what went on behind the scenes but it reads like the coaches agreed it was a time for a change just because it was time for a change.



    • peaches76
      1:24 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      What are the assistants going to say right now? They’re looking for jobs as of today and aren’t going to come off looking like anything but a professional. Maybe once hired elsewhere we might learn the whats and whys of our drop in production and imagination.



    • dcforuk
      1:26 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      It is all about fit. Just was no longer a fit.



  5. mashman 93
    1:13 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Ok Stoops now you have to change and stop with the three yards and a cloud of dust on offense.



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      3:06 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      1000%



  6. dcforuk
    1:25 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    He had to go for perception and now Stoops has to loosen the Apron strings. He must get someone that he has immense trust in. Brother Bob maybe but not sure if brother Mark would be willing to do that not to mention Bob.



  7. eb4ukcats
    1:29 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    As everyone else knows, except the dirt underneath the rock: Stoops can’t find a coordinator, that can run an offense under his defensive minded thoughts and probably never will. Who wants, to play in a run oriented offense? Running backs, duel qb, certainly some linemen, but wide receivers I can’t imagine.



  8. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    1:31 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Both of em will land w Beamer at Carolina and haunt UK for years to come



    • CJKAssassin123
      2:24 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Your probably right. Hinshaw has a long history with the Gamecocks.



  9. dcforuk
    1:34 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    It is a such a time as this moment for Coach Stoops. It’s about growth and continuing to push the program forward. I do not blame Stoops at all for how he has approached leading this program. He has had to put so much energy into changing the culture of unbelief, facilities, and improving recruiting. There are other places that don’t have to work nearly as hard at those things. There are opportunity costs and now that some of these other things are taken care of thanks to stoops it’s time to get more direct energy and attention to offensive Xs and Os. Good opportunity and much thanks to Eddie Gran for everything he did for the program. Let’s go!



    • ClutchCargo
      3:46 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Well said. Agree 100%.



  10. 4burgoo
    1:43 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully the new coordinator will ALSO recruit the players needed to run a more explosive offense.



  11. CatfaninCinci
    1:46 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Terry Wilson and Stephen Johnson rode prolific rushing attacks to great records…

    There fixed it for you.



    • dcforuk
      1:48 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      And Coach Cal rode the shoulders of Knight, Davis, Aaron Harrison and Towns to the FF. It takes coaches. It takes players.



  12. gasman01
    1:46 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Think Eddie wishes he had taken the Georgia job.



    • CatfaninCinci
      1:49 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Do you actually think he was offered?



    • gasman01
      1:53 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Good point…



  13. slam212121
    2:00 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Color me excited. Could you imagine if this catapults is in the right direction? Getting an OC that can deliver high octane offenses going forward could take us further to a higher level. I’m actually stoked. Best of luck Gran.



  14. just a guy
    2:02 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    How many OCs will this make? The offense is held back by stoops. The SEC network guys called stoops Stubborn, said he’s defensive minded and doesn’t want to open the offense. The guy saying it wasn’t even apologetic for it



  15. dhard
    2:03 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    If stoops keeps his thumb on the offense, he might as well hire Mickey Mouse as nothing will change.



  16. BigBlue4Three
    2:08 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops throwing 2 assistants under the bus does nothing to solve the real issue, Stoops choke hold on every offensive coordinator he has ever had. Look at the success that Neal Brown has had after he left Stoops staff – Stoops wants a clock control ground and pound game to make his defense look good and as long as he is too short sided to change, no Offensive Coordinator or Position Coach on the offense will ever succeed at UK. Even the announcer on last nights game mentioned on the broadcast that Stoops has a heavy hand on the style of offense because he is a Defense coach.

    Good luck to Gran and here’s hoping Stoops gets his head out of the Eagle Rare long enough to realize HE is the one that needs to change in order for this program to take a step forward.



    • dcforuk
      3:49 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      And that is exactly why stoops will change and will have to change. Taking the steps that he took today were necessary. I would think the hard part for stoops is that taking these steps in part is because he has had tight apron strings reign on the offense. When you are turning around a football program that has been historically a culture of unbelief, you take the wins anyway that you can get them. Benny Snell and LBJ and the OL were that way. Now it’s time to create some new ways to win and stoops realizes that. I agree that this is not on grand much at all. This is on stoops but I don’t think it’s helpful to bash Stoops given the historical circumstances of the program and what he’s done so far



  17. OKB
    2:14 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    When you read through the statements made by Stoops, Gran, and Hinshaw they all sound more like a retirement statement than a firing statement when you take the labels off.

    I continue to believe we’re witnessing the inevitable consequence of what this style of play does to recruiting elite talent. We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel and patching up the roster however we can when it comes to people who can throw and catch the football. The obvious anomaly to that logic is Beau, who is both a legacy recruit and a local recruit.

    We’ve missed out on some huge talent both behind center and at WR. The reason is obvious: they want to play, they want to score, and they won’t do that at UK. There’s no longer any selling point that you can tell them to make them believe otherwise, all you have to do is look at the numbers that our competitors are all too happy to remind the recruits about every chance that they get.

    It’s the Stoops offense, but Gran has proven to be a good soldier. He gave Stoops what he wanted. Now, he falls on his sword as a consequence of not performing in the passing game; not because he doesn’t want to pass… not because he can’t teach it… but because he just can’t recruit the talent here to pull it off here any longer. So, rinse and repeat for Stoops. Gran wlll live on to install pass-happy offenses and get highly paid to do it. Stoops will recruit a pass-happy OC with a name who is willing to run the Stoops Offense, still has the ability to recruit elite passers and catchers to the UK who will be used 40% of the time or less, and defenses will be scared enough of the passing game so that the run game results in 3rd down down conversions, field position dominance, and time of possession victories. That’s not a recipe to win the SEC, but it is a recipe to win 7-8 games a year, and most will be happy with that.



  18. GACAT
    2:21 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Eddie Gran WAS offered the UGA job. Stoops was told to change his offense or lose his job. Eddie Gran is the scapegoat, he averaged over 300 yards passing at UC, he didn’t come to UK and forget what he did at UC. Stoops wanted the offense we have but Stoops was forced to do something by Barnhart. He has to let the new OC do his job or he will lose his job.
    I would not be surprised to see Gran at South Carolina next year.



  19. bramstoker
    4:27 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Great leadership by the Head Coach, Stoops earned some more respect from me today. Well done, Eddie. Best wishes.