All but an official announcement has been made about Tommy Tuberville’s changes to his coaching staff following the departure of Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw to Kentucky.
Gran came to the Cincinnati Bearcats when Tuberville was hired and looked poised to quickly turn his stint with the Bearcats into a head coaching opportunity. But after coming close, Gran was not a name talked about in the last round of hires. When Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops made the call, Gran saw a chance to return to the Southeastern Conference as Stoops assistant head coach of offense and co-offensive coordinator.
Following Gran was Bearcats quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw, who was given the title of co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Wildcats.
Both Gran and Hinshaw received big pay raises for their moves as Gran will make $650,000 annually through June of 2019 and Hinshaw $400,000 annually through June of 2018.
Logic had Tuberville needing to replace two coaches on his staff as Gran was responsible for the running backs and Hinshaw the quarterbacks. But Tuberville it seems is looking to make even more changes as offensive line coach Darren Hiller, who was brought to UC by Gran also looks to be gone from the program.
While still listed on GoBearcats.com as a member of the football staff, all reports point to former Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes to be announced soon as the Bearcats newest addition to the staff along with former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Zac Taylor who will fill Gran’s coordinator spot and Hinshaw’s quarterback role.
Grimes will fill Hiller’s spot with the offensive linemen leaving one open spot on the Bearcats coaching staff to coach running backs. Could Tuberville look to move up one of his current graduate assistants in Nick Grimes, son of B.J. Grimes, or Jesse Smith who had ties with Hinshaw?
We should soon learn as the Coaches Convention is nearing an end in San Antonio.