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Stoops says Eddie Gran turned down the job last year


Eddie Gran was a candidate for the offensive coordinator job last season, but when Shannon Dawson got the job, I think most of us assumed that Mark Stoops decided to go with Dawson over Gran. Stoops just told reporters that wasn’t the case. Stoops said he offered Gran the job last year, but Gran “wasn’t quite ready to come.” 

“He was on my radar from day one,” Stoops said of Gran. “Then he went to Cincinnati, became the offensive coordinator and did very well. Did that for two years and I talked to him a year ago, and Eddie wasn’t quite ready to come. He had only been there two years at Cincinnati with Tommy and wanted to stick it out and this year, after I made the change, I pursued him and wasn’t going to let him tell me no.

As for Dawson, Stoops said he just wasn’t comfortable with how things were going on offense and felt a change was needed.

“I was disappointed in the outcome and I just felt like — and again, I don’t like to talk negatively about people — but I wasn’t comfortable with the overall direction and leadership on that side,” Stoops said of the offense. “I really stressed halfway through the seasons critical situations and being able to execute in critical situations and I just don’t feel like we made the growth in certain situations. And as I looked at the state of the program in all areas, I just felt like there was change needed at that position.”

More coming throughout the afternoon…

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6 Comments for Stoops says Eddie Gran turned down the job last year

  1. chimichanga
    1:36 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    There’s often more to the story than we hear as fans. To those who trashed Stoops for picking the wrong OC of these two, there you have it.

    Sometimes there just aren’t any great options out there available to you. As UK football fans we should know this all too well!

    • inside info2
      2:06 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      What about Lincoln Riley?

    • Mathlete
      2:09 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      If I were guessing, I’d say Lincoln Riley got scooped up by Bob Stoops because of the opportunity to win right away. Plus it’s a lot easier to recruit to Oklahoma than to Kentucky (at least for football, God only knows why anyone would want to live in Norman when they could live in Lexington).

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:12 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      Everyone acts like Lincoln Riley was begging UK to hire him – anyone ever stop to think that maybe he didn’t particularly want to come here?

    • Long Dong Silver
      10:33 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      Did you ever stop to think we don’t particularly want you here?

  2. kyle heavy
    1:37 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Derrick Ansley promoted to Co- Defensive Coordinator. I wondered how we kept him.