Eddie Gran, Darin Hinshaw fired from Kentucky football

Gran and Hinshaw both joined staff in 2016

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Eddie Gran, who has served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach for University of Kentucky football since 2016, has been relieved of duties, Coach Mark Stoops announced Sunday.

“Eddie and I pondered about this for weeks and mutually agreed that this was the way to move forward,” Stoops said. “I appreciate Eddie for the true professional and friend that he is. I also want to recognize the success we had, going to a bowl game every year since his arrival, with a reflection of our shared vision to do what was necessary to win games.”

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Over the last five seasons, UK has compiled a 36-26 record, advancing to the TaxSlayer Bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, VRBO Citrus Bowl and Belk Bowl.

“I want to thank President Eli Capilouto, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and, of course, Coach Stoops for the opportunity to be at Kentucky,” Gran said. “Coach Stoops has always treated me like family and our professional relationship is awesome.

“I appreciate the hard work and loyalty of the coaches who have coached with me. I appreciate the support of the Big Blue Nation for five awesome years. And, thanks to the players for believing in me in good and bad times, I love you all and wish you nothing but the best.”

Stoops said the search for a new offensive coordinator would begin immediately.

“We’ll look to bring in new ideas and opportunities for an offense that is exciting for players and fans,” Stoops said.

Darin Hinshaw, who has served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for University of Kentucky football since 2016, has been relieved of duties, Coach Mark Stoops announced Sunday.

“I greatly appreciate Darin’s hard work and commitment to our program and contributions to the success we’ve had,” Stoops said.

Over the last five seasons, UK has compiled a 36-26 record, advancing to the TaxSlayer Bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, VRBO Citrus Bowl and Belk Bowl.

“I thank Dr. Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart for the opportunity to coach at UK,” Hinshaw said. “Mark Stoops is an unbelievable head coach, friend, and someone I look up to. It was an honor to be on his staff and coach the quarterbacks the last five years. I want to thank Eddie Gran, being with him the last eight years and going to eight straight bowl games.

“Lastly, I want to thank all the players I’ve coached at UK, I love you all and will never forget the great victories and history we made at Kentucky.”

Stoops said that the search for a new coach would begin immediately.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com