Stoops meeting with former EKU coach about UK job opening

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 12:54 PM EDT
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Mark Stoops is targeting former Eastern Kentucky head coach Dean Hood to become a member of the Wildcat’s staff. Sources tell WKYT that Stoops was in Charlotte on Tuesday meeting with Hood.

Hood was fired at the end of the 2015 season after eight years at with the Colonels. Hood accepted the job as assistant head coach and tight ends coach at Charlotte.

Stoops is searching for a replacement for Andy Buh, who was Kentucky's outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Buh left the UK staff earlier this month to become the defensive coordinator at Maryland.

While at Eastern Kentucky, Hood was the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the year and the 2011 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. In 2008 and 2014, he was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award. The Colonels advanced to the FCS Playoffs three times during Hood’s tenure and posted a 55-38 record.

He spent seven years at Wake Forest from 2001-07 before assuming the head position at EKU. He served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach for the Demon Deacons.