Kentucky posted a football assistant job opening Wednesday morning which is to fill the newly approved 10th assistant coaching position. SEC Country has learned that coach Mark Stoops intends to use the new spot to hire a defensive assistant.
While there may be other changes to Stoops’ staff next season, we are told that defensive coordinator Matt House will retain his current position.
Per a source close to the program, Stoops still has faith in the direction of the defense despite disappointing numbers this season.
Kentucky ranked eighth in the SEC in rush defense, but the Wildcats gave up a conference-worst 264 passing yards per game. Kentucky ranked 93rd in the country in total defense — allowing 426 yards per game.
House was in his first season as defensive coordinator after previously serving as the inside linebackers coach. Stoops, with a background as a defensive backs coach, is in his fifth season at the helm. Stoops earned a one-year contract extension for leading Kentucky to seven wins. His contract now takes him through the 2022 season.
The NCAA’s addition of a 10th assistant goes into effect in January. The listing on UK Jobs has a deadline of Dec. 5.
Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5, but stumbled to a 2-4 finish down the stretch that ended with a 44-17 loss to Louisville. The Wildcats are going bowling for the second season in a row after missing the postseason from 2011-15.
The Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., is the most likely landing spot for Kentucky. Possible opponents include Big Ten teams Iowa, Purdue and Northwestern.