By LARRY VAUGHT
I’m not sure there has been a more under appreciated Kentucky football coordinator than Eddie Gran, who now has had his name surface as a potential candidate for the offensive coordinator position at Georgia.
Kentucky has 24 games the last three seasons with Gran as coordinator and been to a bowl game each year. Benny Snell became UK’s all-time rushing leader and first Cat ever to have three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Georgia has an opening because Jim Chaney left to become the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, a move that had to be about money.
Kentucky has not been higher than 97th nationally in passing offense since Gran’s arrival after he had the No. 6 offense in the country at Cincinnati where he had a big-time passing offense.
At Kentucky, Gran’s offense has been run dominated in part because of Snell and in part because of UK’s lack of a big-play threat at quarterback. Both Stephen Johnson and Terry Wilson have been dual-threat guys — and don’t ever forget that coach Mark Stoops likes a run-oriented offense that chews up the clock.
Gran certainly knows the SEC. He not only worked with Stoops at Florida State, but he has coached at Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi during his career.
Gran made $850,00 at UK this season, a total Georgia certainly would elevate.
Gran’s departure could also impact more than UK’s offense. The Cats have had tremendous success recently recruiting in Florida and much of that has been because of Gran’s ties to southern Florida.
Myself, I still can’t see Georgia fans getting excited over hiring the UK offensive coordinator no matter who it was. There’s just a perception by Georgia fans that they want the best of the best. Maybe I am wrong and Gran can obviously coach, but we’ll see.