It’s official: UK just announced it has hired Eddie Gran as the new Assistant Head Coach Offense/Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach. We’ve told you a lot about Gran in the past few days, so here are some quote from Mark Stoops.
“Having worked with Eddie at Florida State, he is an outstanding coach with great experience, including a lot of years in the SEC,” Stoops said. “He is a great leader with tremendous passion for the game.”
Gran joins UK’s staff after a three-year run as the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati. He previously worked with Mark Stoops at Florida State while serving as the associate head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator from 2010-12. He’s also worked at Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee.
“I’m very excited to be at Kentucky,” Gran said. “I had the opportunity at Florida State to work three years with Coach Stoops, and No. 1, it’s his passion for football and what he stands for — family. I really got know Chantel and the kids as my kids were able to be with them for three years. All of that matters in this profession and being around great people is important.
“I’m excited about the challenges. It’s a great conference. It’s the best conference in America and if you’re a college football coach this is the level you want to be coaching. I spent 15 years in the SEC and being in those stadiums and the defenses you will be facing, it’s what you want if you’re a competitor and if you want to play against the best.”
Welcome aboard, Coach Gran. To read the complete release from UK, click here.
UK also announced Darin Hinshaw’s hiring as the new co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Here are Stoops’ comments on Hinshaw:
“Darin has a great offensive mind and his experience includes time in the Southeastern Conference,” Stoops said. “I’ve been impressed with how well they’ve produced at Cincinnati and how prolific they have been in throwing the football.”
Hinshaw served as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati under Gran and before then, coached at Tennessee. In 2011, he was ranked one of the top ten recruiters in college football by Rivals.com.
“This is a great opportunity to be back in the SEC and I’m really looking forward to it,” Hinshaw said. “I’ve always looked at Kentucky as a program that has the potential to be very, very good and we can put up the points and yards that will equal wins and help get us to bowl games. That’s why I’m taking this opportunity. I’m very excited to be back in the SEC and be a part of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation.”
To read more about Hinshaw, click here.