January 29, 2013
This might be the most interesting study of Kentucky's coaching carousel yet. We've been talking throughout this series about how the coaching world is interconnected and every move affects another, and that hasn't been more evident than in today's installment. We'll be examining wide receivers coach spot today after previously looking at offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, defensive line and running backs.
2012 coach: Pat Washington (1st season)
2013 coach: Tommy Mainord
Hire announced: Jan 12, 2013
Where Mainord came from: Outside receivers coach, Texas Tech
The Carousel: Take a look at the carousel below, because these two are identical. They begin in different places, but they involve all of the same coaches.
Where Washington went: He'd spent three years outside the SEC before turning up at Kentucky, but landed right back in the league after being let go. He's now the receivers coach at Missouri, though it doesn't appear he's been formally announced.
The Carousel: Washington replaced Andy Hill as wide receivers coach with the Tigers. Hill moved to quarterbacks coach as part of a staff shakeup that started when offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Yost resigned (Hill won't be offensive coordinator). Yost had a difficult year, but was highly regarded and his resignation was a bit of a surprise. He resurfaced as inside receivers coach at Washington State. This is where it gets interesting: Yost replaced Eric Morris in Pullman, and Morris is now co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach at Texas Tech with Cumbie (mentioned above). Cumbie had coached the inside receivers last year before moving to outside receivers and co-offensive coordinator under Kliff Kingsbury. When he moved to outside receivers, he replaced Mainord. That means this carousel is a circle, linked at both ends.
Total coaches involved: 6
Total schools involved: 4