January 31, 2013
We're more than halfway through our look at Kentucky's coaching carousel. If you missed any of the previous installments, we've looked at offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, defensive line, running backs, wide receivers, and special teams already.
Today, we'll look at the secondary. As we mentioned yesterday, the responsibilities for Kentucky's assistants in 2013 won't exactly mirror what the old staff did, so we have to improvise. We already looked at safeties coach Bradley Dale Peveto, comparing his carousel to Greg Nord's (they're both special teams coordinator). Today, we'll use former defensive backs coach Mike Cassity and cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley.
2012 coach: Mike Cassity (1st season)
2013 coach: Derrick Ansley
Hire announced: Jan. 12, 2012
Where Ansley came from: Cornerbacks coach, Tennessee
The Carousel: Ansley, a young coach in his first season as a full-time D1 assistant, was out of a job when Derek Dooley was let go. Butch Jones, who has appeared in this series many times before, hired Willie Martinez as his secondary coach. Martinez spent 2012 at Auburn, where he left when Gene Chizik was paid an absurd sum to leave canned. Things get kind of confusing here, based on how staff responsibilities are assigned. Melvin Smith will coach the corners there, but co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison will also be working with DBs. For our purposes, we'll track Smith (his job is most similar to Ansley's). Smith spent six years at Mississippi State before heading to Auburn, and his replacement is former NFL player Deshea Townsend. He had been assistant DBs coach for the Arizona Cardinals under Ken Whisenhunt. New head coach Bruce Arians is still assembling his staff there, and hasn't gotten around to an assistant DBs coach.
Where Cassity went: Western Kentucky, secondary coach.
The Carousel: Cassity, along with former UK offensive line coach Mike Summers, reunited with Bobby Petrino at WKU. Alonzo Hampton was the DBs coach for the Hilltoppers in 2012, but it doesn't appear he's found a new job. I might have missed one poking around online, but the trail appeared to go cold here. Please, let me know if I've missed this one.
Total coaches involved: 7
Total schools involved: 6 + 1 NFL team