January 23, 2013
No move in the coaching world happens in a vacuum. Every departure, vacancy and hire ripples throughout the ranks of the coaching world. It can take months and dozens of interconnected moves before everything is settled.
With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to examine where Kentucky's new coaches came from and where the old coaches went. In some cases, there was overlap. In some cases, everything still isn't settled.
We'll start with Kentucky's new coordinators today and tomorrow. For now, we'll look at offensive coordinator. Tomorrow, we'll look at defensive coordinator.
2012 coach: Randy Sanders (3rd season as offensive coordinator, 7th as QBs coach)
2013 coach: Neal Brown
Hire announced: Dec. 18, 2012
Where Brown came from: Texas Tech offensive coordinator (3 seasons)
The Carousel: Brown left Texas Tech shortly before Tommy Tuberville bolted Lubbock. Kliff Kingsbury replaced Tuberville, hiring Eric Morris and Sonny Cumbie as co-offensive coordinators (they'll also coach receivers). With no official quarterbacks coach on staff, I'm assuming Kingsbury will coach the QBs. Texas A&M hasn't yet announced his replacement.
Where Sanders went: Hired at Florida State, Jan. 15, 2013 as running backs coach.
The Carousel: This one was short, but fascinating. Sanders replaced Eddie Gran at FSU, after Eddie Gran left for Cincinnati to become offensive coordinator for Tommy Tuberville, who had Brown as his offensive coordinator in 2012 at Texas Tech.
It gets more interesting if you look at who replaced who on staff changes after that. Mike Bajakian was offensive coordinator at Cincinnati in 2012, but left with Butch Jones for Tennessee. Tennessee's OC in 2012 was Jim Chaney, who is now OC at Arkansas. Paul Petrino was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas last season, and he's now the head coach at Idaho. He replaced Robb Akey, who went 20-50 in six seasons leading the Vandals. Akey, who was the first FBS head coach fired this season (on Oct. 21), hasn't been hired by another program.
Total coaches involved: 8
Total schools involved: 8