Mark Stoops is known for his defensive adjustments on the field, but amid signing-day chatter he announced some major readjustments off the field, too.
The Kentucky coach confirmed he had hired former California defensive coordinator Andy Buh as outside linebackers coach, a position that didn't exist until the hire.
Buh (pronounced "Boo") technically replaces former special teams and safeties coach Craig Naivar, who recently left UK for a spot on the Houston staff.
The Buh announcement came as a part of a staff restructuring.
"I'm not giving him the special teams coordinator title because I want to give some of our other staff some of those responsibilities and not put it all on one guy," Stoops said. "So Andy will coach on the defensive side of the ball."
Buh, 41, will have his hands in the special teams group, Stoops added later, including dealing with kickoff and punt teams. Several members of the offensive staff will be handling the other parts of that unit.
"I'm doing that because I believe in a lot of the coaches that I have on staff to handle the special teams, and I'm also doing it because I wanted to relieve some of that pressure of that person with all that work to do and to help get back in the defensive room," Stoops said.
Buh's hiring provides another mind more actively involved in defensive game planning. He will help coach linebackers, a group that was coached by defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot previously.
Buh has been defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and California in his lengthy career.
"Any time you can get more eyes on something, you can get more opinions on something, the more successful you'll be," Eliot said. "Defending today's offenses, it's a lot more work, so it takes a lot more people to get that done."
Naivar's safeties group will be folded into the secondary group and coached by Derrick Ansley, who coached just the cornerbacks last season. Ansley will have an interesting assistant in with the defensive backfield: his boss.
Stoops, who made a name for himself coaching the secondary at places like Arizona, Florida State and Miami, said he has become more comfortable with the day-to-day part of coaching and wants to help more with that position group.
Ansley, who coached the full secondary for five full seasons at Huntingdon College, said he was excited to work with Stoops
"To coach with Coach Stoops hand in hand is really good for me," Ansley said. "That was one of the selling points of me coming to UK, was to work with a guy who's got that much success in defense and particularly in the defensive backfield. For a guy like myself being a young DB coach, it was priceless."
Clemons plans to transfer
Running back Josh Clemons has opted to leave Kentucky, officials confirmed Wednesday, with the junior planning to finish his degree in the spring and then transfer.
Clemons has had a difficult career at UK, sidelined for much of it by injuries including a torn meniscus his freshman year, a torn Achilles' tendon and other setbacks.
During his time at Kentucky, he played in 15 games and had 74 carries for 309 yards and two scores, both during his freshman season. Last season he played in seven games and had nine carries for 30 yards.
"I haven't talked to him, honestly, I really haven't," running backs coach Chad Scott said. Clemons' transfer is "something I heard through wires and whatnot. I'm not surprised. He's a competitive kid; he wants to play. And the injuries kind of held him back. ... I'm not surprised because he is competitive and does want to play."
Will Nebraska transfers play right away?
Kentucky's two Nebraska transfers at key positions of need said Wednesday that they have filed for hardship waivers with the NCAA to play immediately and avoid the year of sitting out per transfer rules.
Courtney Love, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker from Youngstown, Ohio, said that details still were being sorted out, but that he had "a good feeling that it will go through."
His roommate Greg Hart, a 6-5, 240-pound tight end from Dayton, said he was "pretty much in the same boat" as Love.
"We've sent in the paperwork; we're working on it and whatever happens, happens," he said. "You never know with the NCAA."
Stoops said he didn't want to comment on the probability of Love and Hart being able to play right away.