All Wildcats Writer Patrick Loney has heard a few names of coaches who may be interested in taking over at Kentucky as offensive coordinator. I have also added another name that makes sense as well.
James Coley – OC/QB Coach – Miami – James Coley was offensive coordinator at Florida State while Mark Stoops was the defensive coordinator. Coley has sense moved on to Miami where he’s helped improve Al Golden’s offense over the last two seasons. Coley’s style of offense is more balanced, although he does push for a dynamic passing game. Coley is also one of the nation’s top recruiters.
Mike Yurcich – OC/QB Coach – Oklahoma State – Mike Yurcich likes a balanced offense that can torch a defense both through the air and on the ground. He only has two seasons of experience as an offensive coordinator at the FBS level, but in his first season Oklahoma State was 14th in the nation in scoring. At division II Shippensburg his offense led that level in scoring and passing offense.
Lincoln Riley – OC/QB Coach – East Carolina – Lincoln Riley has led an explosive ECU offense for the last five years where he has set school records in yardage and scoring. Riley, a Texas Tech graduate, could be considered an “Air Raid” coach and could likely provide a mostly seamless transition to his playbook from Neal Brown’s. Riley also coached wide receivers at Texas Tech under Mike Leach.
Eddie Gran – Offensive Coordinator – Cincinnati – Gran, a veteran coach, has spent time coaching running backs and special teams at Florida State during the same period Mark Stoops was in Tallahassee. Gran took over at Cincinnati during the 2013 season as offensive coordinator. UC averaged 32 points per game with over 300 yards in the air and 160 yards on the ground in his first season. This season UC has 37 points per game with similar passing and rushing yardage. Gran has also coached running backs at Tennessee and Auburn.
Chris Hatcher – Head Coach – Murray State – Chris Hatcher has been head coach at Murray State for five years. Hatcher’s “Hatch Attack” has been a powerful passing attack during his time at Murray, averaging well over 300 yards per game passing each season. Hatcher also coached at Kentucky as quarterbacks coach during the Hal Mumme era.
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