Report: UK defensive coordinator Matt House being pursued by Chiefs
LEXINGTON, Ky. - ESPN's Field Yates is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to hire Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House as their linebackers coach, according to a source.
The Louisville Courier Journal's Jon Hale reports that nothing has been finalized and the possibility of House remaining at UK still exists, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.
House has held positions with NFL teams previously - with the Carolina Panthers in 2008 and the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.
If House leaves for the Chiefs, UK head man Mark Stoops has some candidates with defensive coordinator experience currently on his staff should he look within to fill the vacancy. Dean Hood helped Wake Forest reach the Orange Bowl during his time as the Demon Deacons' DC (2001-07). He then became Eastern Kentucky University's head coach from 2008-15. He now serves as UK's special teams coordinator and co-defensive backs coach. Fellow DBs coach Steve Clinkscale was a DC at Cincinnati in 2015.
Another candidate on staff to consider is outside linebackers coach Brad White. He spent six years on the Indianapolis Colts' coaching staff before leaving for UK. In his first season with the Wildcats, he helped Josh Allen become college football's defensive player of the year.
Outside of Kentucky's coaching staff, Stoops has a brother with extensive defensive coordinator experience - Mike Stoops. He recently was hired by Alabama as an off-field analyst after being fired as Oklahoma's DC following the Sooners' 48-45 loss to Texas during this past season. He was Oklahoma's co-defensive coordinator from 1999-2003 before spending the next eight seasons as Arizona's head coach. Following his firing at Arizona, he returned to work for brother Bob Stoops at Oklahoma in 2012.