UK's defensive coordinator Matt House leaving for Kansas City Chiefs
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House is leaving for the NFL after all. House will be joining the Kansas City Chiefs staff, as first reported by Kentucky Sports Radio.
On Friday, there was a report that House was expected to be hired as the Chiefs' new linebackers coach. Before the weekend was through, Kentucky announced that House was staying with the Wildcats.
That decision didn't seem to be House's. A couple of NFL reporters tweeted that UK had initially agreed to negotiate a buyout of House's contract with Kansas City but then decided not to allow House out of his contract.
House was coach Mark Stoops' second defensive coordinator during his six seasons at Kentucky. House replaced D.J. Eliot, who left for Colorado following the 2016 season. Stoops chose to hire from within by turning to House, who had been on staff for one season as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator before being tabbed as defensive coordinator in February of 2017.
Stoops could promote from within again with several in-house candidates to consider. Current special teams coordinator and co-defensive backs coach 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. 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.