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Bearcats add Zac Taylor and J.B. Grimes to coaching staff

It has a busy off season for the Cincinnati Bearcats football program, they loss their offensive coordinator and quarterback coach right after their bowl game. They have found a replacement and have added two coaches on the offensive side of the ball.

If you haven’t been following the football program news shortly after the Hawai’i Bowl offensive coordinator/running back coach Eddie Gran and passing coordinator/quarterback coach Darin Hinshaw bolted down I-75 south to Lexington. Gran and Hinshaw took the same position for the SEC member Kentucky Wildcats. Gran wasn’t a surprise because I had been hearing rumors since the last regular season game, but Hinshaw caught me off guard because I personally thought Hinshaw would get promoted to offensive coordinator in the event Gran left.

Tuberville went into his bag of tricks and landed Miami Dolphins interim offensive coordinator Zac Taylor. Taylor is 32 years of age and was the quarterback coach at the beginning of the year, but when the Dolphins turned into a fire sale he was able to move to offensive coordinator. Being that Taylor is young he should be able to relate to the players and has professional playing experience which will be a plus for the offense and the quarterbacks on the roster. He will also take over the reins of being the quarterback coach. They will look to hire somebody to take over as the running back coach.

In unexpected news the Bearcats have hired J.B. Grimes to become the new offensive line coach, which leaves Darrin Hiller on the outs even though he hasn’t been fired or released from his contract, if somebody comes in to do your labeled job that can’t be for his outlook in Cincinnati.  Grimes coached Auburn’s offensive line last season and jumped at the opportunity to coach with his son who is currently on the Bearcats staff as a graduate assistant. Hiller did a solid job during his tenure with the program so hopefully he lands at a good spot or they rework him within the program

Overall both moves seem like good moves for this program. Keep an eye on how Taylor develops for UC, they might have a diamond in the rough. These moves haven’t been made official by the school, but within the next week  or so they school should announce the hires.


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