D.J. Eliot has kind words to share about his time with Kentucky.
The former Wildcats defensive coordinator released a statement Thursday night, a day after it was reported that Eliot is leaving Lexington for Colorado.
Eliot thanks multiple people, including coach Mark Stoops, in the note.
“I would like to open by thanking Mitch Barnhart, the administration, the Lexington community and all of the Big Blue Nation for their support and dedication to Kentucky football, and their support of me, my family and our players. I would like to thank the players for their commitment to the vision, giving 100% every day and competing like the quality men they are growing into. They poured their hearts into the last year and I am so proud of them. Finally, I would like to thank Coach Stoops for the opportunity, for his trust, all that I learned from him, and most importantly for his friendship. Coach Stoops and his family have been a part of my life since my playing days at Wyoming and will remain a part of my life into retirement. I am thankful for all he has done for me and proud of what we have accomplished here at Kentucky. We leave with positive memories of our time in Kentucky and of the milestones we celebrated in our kids’ lives and wish you all very much continued success.”
Eliot had been with Stoops since the coach began his tenure with Kentucky before the 2013 season. They also worked together at Florida State prior to their arrival in Lexington.
Stoops took over defensive play calling duties this past season after the Wildcats allowed 89 points in their first two games.