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Kentucky promotes Ansley to co-defensive coordinator

Kentucky has promoted defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley to co-defensive coordinator, Coach Mark Stoops announced Monday at a news conference.

“It will not in any way, shape or form in type of demotion to D.J. Eliot. It’s the exact same title,” Stoops said announcing the change. “He’s the defensive coordinator. He will make the calls. But Derrick has a lot of responsibility. He’s done a very good job.”

Stoops said fans shuold think of it the way they think of a “passing game coordinator” on the offensive side of the ball.

The move clearly was an effort to keep Ansley on staff after he was pursued heavily this offseason.

“Derrick is a guy that was heavily pursued every year I’ve been here. … We wanted to battle to keep him here. I had SEC coaches calling me. I had SEC coaches flying in here and going to his house and we got him to stay. So I appreciate that.”

▪  Stoops said he did not anticipate making any more staff changes, but noted that several other coaches on staff still were being pursued by other schools.

▪  Stoops also confirmed that Chad Scott originally was planning to come to Kentucky as a wide receivers coach, which is his new position now on staff with the additions of head coach of the offense Eddie Gran, who will take over as running backs coach, as well as co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw. “It was important to keep Chad on staff,” Stoops added.

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