Jen Smith on UK Football

UK makes Ansley departure official

Kentucky confirmed on Monday afternoon that it had received a resignation letter from co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley, who likely will be announced as a new hire at Alabama soon.

A couple of hours later, UK Coach Mark Stoops wished the Tallassee, Ala., native, well at his new position.

“I really appreciate all of Derrick’s hard work and dedication to our program,” Stoops said in a statement through the school. “He’s an extremely bright and talented young coach and I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

Kentucky’s head coach, who has a long history of coaching defensive backs, had worked tirelessly to keep Ansley as schools pursued him all three seasons he was with the Cats.

As recently as January, UK announced that Ansley had been promoted to co-defensive coordinator and was getting a new contract and a $100,000 salary bump that would pay him $375,000. Last season, the Alabama defensive backs coach, Mel Tucker, made $500,000.

Alabama has not formally announced the Ansley hire, but it’s expected to happen soon.

A job opening appeared on the UK employment site Monday night seeking an “assistant coach” with the closing date as Feb. 15, although those dates generally are not indicators of when an actual hire will be made official.