Kentucky has parted ways with offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, according to FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman.
Simply put, Dawson and coach Mark Stoops had a difference in opinion as it pertained to offensive philosophies, Feldman reported.
This season under the direction of Dawson, Kentucky finished 95th in scoring offense (24.7 points per game) and 89th in total offense (372 yards per game) nationally.
The Kentucky offense averaged 26 points per game in its first five games, which coincided with the team’s 4-1 start to the season. However, that scoring output dipped down to 23.3 points per game as the Wildcats lost six out of seven to close out the year.
As a team, Kentucky threw 16 interceptions, the program’s highest total since 2000. The Wildcats’ 10 passing touchdowns was the lowest total since 2005. Overall, it was the school’s worst touchdown-to-interception ratio (.625) since 1994.
Dawson was in his first season with the Wildcats after serving as an assistant coach under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia from 2011-14.
If Dawson was fired, Kentucky would owe him about $1.375 million remaining on his contract, according to The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale.