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Stoops officially announces Dawson as new Kentucky football offensive coordinator

Shannon Dawson
helped pilot an offense that averages 85 plays a game.
Shannon Dawson helped pilot an offense that averages 85 plays a game.

Kentucky made it official Friday and named Shannon Dawson as the football team's new offensive coordinator.

The former West Virginia coordinator agreed to a three-year deal worth $550,000, according to a UK spokesman, which was the same salary Neal Brown was making before he left to become head coach at Troy.

"He has done a great job in helping build programs to success on every level," UK Coach Mark Stoops said in a news release. "I've been impressed with the balance of West Virginia's offense and how difficult they are to defend. I love the continuity he will bring to what we've been doing as we build on the progress we've made so far.

"In learning more about Shannon, I've found out what a strong leader he is and heard nothing but good things about him throughout our profession."

Dawson is in his fourth season at West Virginia, including the last three as offensive coordinator. He will stay with the Mountaineers through Dec. 29 when they will face Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl.

He helped pilot a West Virginia team that runs an up-tempo attack that averaged 85 plays a game. The Mountaineers were 11th in the nation in total offense, averaging 502.1 yards a game. They are ninth in passing offense with 314.6 yards a game.

They are averaging 33.2 points and set a school record scoring at least 30 points in eight straight games.

"The opportunity to work with Coach Stoops is awesome and growing up in SEC country, I've always wanted to coach in the league," Dawson said in the UK release. "I've recruited against Kentucky the last couple of years and have been impressed with how Coach Stoops is building a foundation and has the program going in the right direction. I look forward to helping him and his staff do that."

Dawson, 37, and his wife, Chelsea, have a daughter, Acelyn.

Dawson's hiring will be finalized pending the completion of a mandatory university background check, UK noted in the release.