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Kentucky DB coach Steve Clinkscale reportedly being considered for position at Michigan

Jacob Noger | UK Football

Jacob Noger | UK Football

One of Kentucky Football’s star recruiters is a candidate to take a new job.

According to Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic, Wildcats defensive backs coach, Steve Clinkscale, is reportedly being considered to replace former Michigan co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach, Maurice Linguist, for the same position with the Wolverines.

Since joining Mark Stoops’ staff back in 2016, Clinkscale has established himself as an excellent recruiter and one who has brought in several high-profile prospects since his arrival. Just to name a few, he’s credited with successfully being able to bring in players such as Justin Rogers, the Wade twins, Marquan McCall, Yusuf Corker, Jeremy Flax, and many, many more. It’s easier just to sift through his page on 247 Sports of his all-time recruits, which is loaded with 4-star talent.

Clinkscale has been critical for Kentucky’s recent boom in recruiting success and losing him to Michigan would be a significant blow to the program.

It was only going to be a matter of time though before Clinks’ name began to surface for new jobs at big-time schools. Not only is he an ace recruiter, but he’s incredible with player development and the results speak for themselves. UK has ranked in the top four of the Southeastern Conference in pass defense three straight seasons, including leading the league in both 2019 and 2020, behind Clinkscale’s leadership.

Now someone please offer Clink a raise and keep him in Lexington.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

35 Comments for Kentucky DB coach Steve Clinkscale reportedly being considered for position at Michigan

  1. Wade
    8:12 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink


  2. WKY Cat
    8:17 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    Harbaugh won’t be there much longer. But it’s a step up so once Jim gets fired he would move on probably searching to land as a defensive coordinator.

  3. JT55
    8:20 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    He should take the job.

    • Middy
      10:01 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

      Why would he want that job? Michigan may be a bigger name brand in football but they’re not a better program at the moment. In fact they’re one more subpar season from a house cleaning. Add in the fact if he gets worse results as a co-DC/Secondary coach in a weaker conference, that would take some shine off him. He’s a great coach, but the biggest reason Michigan wants him is because he kicking their ass in their own backyard. It’s be a short sighted move to go. Hope he gets a raise and keeps kicking Michigan’s ass!

  4. BeardedCat26
    8:29 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    Considering?! The way he’s been recruiting up there, I’d say they’re practically begging him….

  5. blueballs80
    8:44 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    Not a wise move. Harbaugh won’t last long. He will get fired eventually and a new coach will come in so that’s probably not the best spot.

    • WKY Cat
      8:50 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

      But he has co-defensive coordinator on his resume at that point and could move onto another program as a defensive coordinator. He won’t have that opportunity staying at KY.

    • TBW3011
      9:55 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

      Sure he could. Why isn’t he a prime candidate to be our next DC? Make him co-defensive coordinator right now and match them. Our staff isn’t about to get fired. Theirs is

    • WKY Cat
      11:30 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

      TBW but he’s getting that change now to be a DC and not with KY. The only thing that would make sense for him to stay is if he’s made co-DC and UK matches or pays more than Mich.

    • WKY Cat
      11:32 am May 8, 2021 Permalink


  6. Brutal Hustler
    8:47 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    Pay this man!

    • bkeith75
      8:51 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

      What he said. ^

    • KentuckyBoy
      8:06 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

      So many of these big recruits we’ve gotten lately have mentioned Coach Clink. Toss them.bagd at him. We have a good thing going.

  7. tdub
    9:26 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    I hope Stoops does what he can to keep him. He’s been a big part of the rebuilding process here.

  8. JASUN74
    9:36 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    1000% pay him whatever it takes… This is our next Defensive Coordinator as soon as White gets a Head Coaching Job somewhere in a couple year.,, That or White takes a Job in the League. Either way we must keep him and this staff together.. This is the best Staff we’ve had here in the last 45 or more years and Steve is a Huge part of it.. I blame no man for bettering his life but he’s loved and wanted here in Kentucky and We just can’t lose him without a fight, he’s just too important to this program and our future.. Warp this up Coach and keep this man. lol Go Cats. Sure would it be nice to be wanted by these big time collage programs. haha

    • bddfromcincy
      8:14 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

      Sumrall was just recently promoted to Co-DC. Although Clink has been a DC in the past, not sure he’s being considered by UK to be in this position given Sumrall being promoted ahead.

  9. clarks
    9:57 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken we just gave him a raise this off season. Hopefully that may help since he got a raise before he got an offer, very good coach both recruiting and on field

  10. WildcatsfaninGA
    10:37 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    We can’t lose Clink!! He is an invaluable recruiter and an amazing coach!!

  11. ukkatzfan
    10:38 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    Why be an assistant coach on a team without a head coach ?

  12. Mulli
    10:43 pm May 7, 2021 Permalink

    Mitch…. write the check!! First time since the Bear that we can relevant,… keep the staff together!!!

  13. duner
    12:19 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    It’s time this university stepped up and came close to what the other top programs in the SEC pay their assistant coaches and position coaches. Not wait until so other program comes in and tries to poach them.

  14. truebluefootballfan
    2:00 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    Since we started winning bowl games and continuously bringing in more and better talent no one has left to take the same position elsewhere that we didn’t want to go. They will pay him and he will stay bc he knows they’re building something special in Lexington that he’s been a big part of and winning just feels way better in the SEC.

  15. chris43
    8:11 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    Whatever they offer him we need to match and then some!

  16. playthatstringmusic
    8:23 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    Maybe in the past UM would be the more high profile job but this UK program is on the rise and the better opportunities for the future are currently in Lexington! Go Cats! Keep Clink!

  17. makeitstop
    8:53 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    It might be an even better deal if Harbaugh got fired bc w a multi-year deal, the buyout would be gravy. He could get a salary elsewhere AND a buyout. Harbaugh may even be bringing in guys to structure contracts so it’s either more expensive to fire him or less attractive to a successor (who must already be short listed) bc either dollars are tied up in buyouts or his hands are tied in hiring staff by keeping the old guys latest hires. I don’t put it past Harbaugh to have less than pure motives, and if it saves a few recruits in the meantime, bonus.

    • playthatstringmusic
      9:03 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

      It’s possible you have put too much thought into this. Most successful people do not purposely plan to take a job only to get another job.

    • Blue Dog
      9:48 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

      This will probably boil down to whether or not he wants to be here or move on. Kentucky will pay him, but sometimes people want a new challenge or a change. I would say we will know soon. Hope he stays.

  18. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:11 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    We just outbid one B1G team for assistance, time to do it to another.

  19. satcheluk
    10:17 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    Back the Brinks up to Clink’s garage and we’ll all pitch in to unload the cash.

  20. satcheluk
    10:37 am May 8, 2021 Permalink

    Found this on the FSU site. We pay more than FSU, so would be second in ACC, but we are barely 8th in the SEC.

  21. Axel72
    1:23 am May 9, 2021 Permalink

    Gotta make a serious run at keeping him, we are finally able to compete and sometimes win against the top half of what might as well be the 7th division of the NFL, hands down the best football conference. Maybe we can’t but we have the fan support, the boosters and all the ingredients it takes, the only thing Kentucky doesn’t have is the high school pool of 4 and 5 stars which makes this all the more critical, that’s not a ding on HS football here it’s just reality.

  22. Axel72
    1:31 am May 9, 2021 Permalink

    We have no pro teams in Kentucky this is our team, the money is there and they better offer it, but if he decides to move on to other challenges or adventures, we should be ok with that he has helped UK football tremendously. I hope he stays but life is about what is best for you and your family so he needs to make the decision best for them, not us. God speed in your decision Clink.