"I'm excited about the opportunity to work for UK and about having the chance to reconnect with Coach Smith. It's a tremendous honor. You rarely have a second chance to work at a place like Kentucky, so I feel very fortunate."
Finney was an assistant coach for Smith at Tulsa (1991-95), Georgia (1995-97) and Kentucky (1997-2000) before accepting the head coaching position at Tulane, which he held from 2000-05. He was an assistant on the Wildcats' 1998 national championship team. A native of Mullens, W.Va., Finney received his undergraduate degree from Fairmont State in 1985, and his master's from Tulsa in 1992.