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Kentucky Wildcats announce hiring of Eddie Gran as new offensive coordinator

Kentucky officially confirmed the addition of two new football staff members on Tuesday, including Eddie Gran as offensive coordinator.

Gran, a 28-year college coaching veteran who spent the last three years as OC at Cincinnati, will also carry the title of assistant head coach of the offense and coach the running backs group.

One of Gran's colleagues from Cincinnati, Darin Hinshaw, was announced as the Wildcats' new quarterbacks coach. They will be filling the void left by the departure of UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson and wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord. Current staff member Chad Scott is expected to shift to wide receivers.

“I’m very excited to be at Kentucky,” Gran said in a statement released by UK. “I had the opportunity at Florida State to work three years with Coach (Mark) Stoops, and No. 1, it’s his passion for football and what he stands for – family.

“I’m excited about the challenges. It’s a great conference. It’s the best conference in America and if you’re a college football coach this is the level you want to be coaching. I spent 15 years in the SEC and being in those stadiums and the defenses you will be facing, it’s what you want if you’re a competitor and if you want to play against the best.”

Gran was on the Florida State staff with Stoops from 2010-12.

"Having worked with Eddie at Florida State, he is an outstanding coach with great experience, including a lot of years in the SEC," Stoops said. "He is a great leader with tremendous passion for the game."

Gran's coaching stops also include programs like Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee. At Auburn, he helped develop star running backs like Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, Ronnie Brown, Rudi Johnson, Ben Tate and Brandon Jacobs. He also coached Deuce McAllister at Ole Mis and Montario Hardesty at Tennessee.

In 2015, Gran helped Cincinnati rank seventh nationally in total offense at 537 yards per game. The Bearcats were sixth in the nation at 359.9 passing yards per game while also rushing for 177.9 yards per game. Hinshaw was UC's passing game coordinator.

"Darin has a great offensive mind and his experience includes time in the Southeastern Conference," Stoops said of Hinshaw, a former record-setting quarterback at Central Florida. "I've been impressed with how well they've produced at Cincinnati and how prolific they have been in throwing the football."

Before his time with the Bearcats, Hinshaw coached three seasons with Tennessee, including functioning as the recruiting coordinator in 2012, with Rivals.com ranking him as one of the top 10 recruiters in college football in 2011.

"This is a great opportunity to be back in the SEC and I'm really looking forward to it," Hinshaw said. "I've always looked at Kentucky as a program that has the potential to be very, very good and we can put up the points and yards that will equal wins and help get us to bowl games. That's why I'm taking this opportunity.  I'm very excited to be back in the SEC and be a part of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation."

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EDDIE GRAN FILE

Personal

Daughters: Bently, Dillan, Sydney and Lucy Grace

Academic

1987, B.S. Cal Lutheran (WR) – 1984-87

Coaching

Kentucky – Head coach of the offense/offensive coordinator, running backs coach - 2016

Cincinnati – Offensive coordinator, running backs coach – 2013-15

Florida State – Associate head coach, offensive coordinator, running backs coach – 2010-12

Tennessee – Special teams coordinator, running backs coach – 2009

Auburn – Special teams coordinator, running backs coach – 1999-2008

Ole Miss – Special teams coordinator, running backs coach – 1995-98

Idaho State – Wide receivers coach - 1994

Cincinnati – Wide receivers coach - 1992-93

Miami (Fla.) – Graduate assistant  coach - 1990-91

East Carolina – Graduate assistant coach – 1989

SE Missouri State – Running backs coach - 1989

Cal Lutheran – Wide receivers coach – 1987-88

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DARIN HINSHAW FILE

Personal

Wife: Pam

Children: Sydney, Hayley, Carley, Darin Jr.

Academic/Playing Career

Central Florida, 1993 B.S. (QB); 1996 MBA – 1991-93 Orlando Predators [AFL] (QB) – 1994-95

Coaching

Kentucky – Co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach – 2016

Cincinnati – Passing game coordinator, quarterbacks coach – 2013-15

Tennessee – Wide receivers coach – 2012

Tennessee – Quarterbacks coach – 2010-11

Memphis – Wide receivers coach – 2007-09

Georgia Southern – Offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach – 2006

Middle Tennessee State – Co-offensive coordinator – 2003-05

Middle Tennessee State – Running backs coach – 2001-02

Central Florida – Quarterbacks coach – 2000

Central Florida – Graduate assistant – 1999


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