Report: Kentucky set to hire Dawson as OC

According to a published report by FoxSports college football writer Bruce Feldman, Kentucky is set to announce West Virginia assistant coach Shannon Dawson as its new offensive coordinator.

The Wildcats have been seeking a replacement for Neal Brown, who left earlier this month to take the head coach's position at Troy University.

Dawson (@DawsonWVU on Twitter) served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at West Virginia under head coach Dana Holgorsen, a disciple of the "Air Raid" offensive scheme. The Mountaineers averaged 33.2 points per game this season and ranked 11th nationally in total offense at 502.1 yards per game. His unit averaged 314.6 yards per game through the air and 187.5 on the ground, a balanced approach that UK head coach Mark Stoops said he had been seeking in a new coordinator.

West Virginia went 7-5 this season, but had one of the most impressive wins of the college football season when the Mountaineers upset No. 4 Baylor 41-27. They also played No. 7 TCU to a 31-30 loss.

In 2012, Dawson coached future NFL players Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey at West Virginia, who tied or set a combined 26 WVU offensive records. Bailey led the nation in receiving touchdowns (25) and was third in receiving yards (1,622) while both Bailey and Austin led the Big 12 in receptions (114) and were tied for third nationally in that category.

Dawson previously served as offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin at the FCS level, where his team lead the nation in passing (343.7 ypg) in 2009. In 2003-04, he worked under former UK coach Hal Mumme at Southeastern Louisiana.

According to Feldman's original report, Dawson will complete his duties with the Mountaineers through their Liberty Bowl matchup with Texas A&M on Dec. 29 prior to starting at UK.

Kentucky cannot formally introduce its new coordinator until the job posting closes on Dec. 18.

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