UPDATE >> Kentucky has confirmed this, formally announced the hire of Coen.

“I am very impressed with Liam’s depth of knowledge and detail of coaching that he has obtained as an NFL and college coach,” Mark Stoops shares in their release. “He will bring an exciting style of football, attacking all areas of the field, a style that will be exciting for players to play and for fans to watch.”

Coen will join the UK staff officially at the conclusion of the LA Rams season.


Kentucky coach Mark Stoops appears to have wrapped up his search for Eddie Gran’s replacement as Wildcats offensive coordinator.

Sources on Tuesday told FootballScoop.com that Stoops had zeroed in on Liam Coen, the Los Angeles Rams’ assistant quarterbacks coach.

Coen is the biggest piece of the offseason offensive staff puzzle for Stoops and Kentucky. Stoops dismissed both Gran and Darin Hinshaw in the immediate aftermath of the Wildcats’ 4-6 2020 season. The offense struggled for consistency and averaged just 21. 7 points per game.

Coen brings with him an NFL approach and three years’ experience working under noted NFL head coach and offensive guru Sean McVay. The Rams are 9-4 and battling for the top spot in the NFC West with four games left in the regular season, which concludes on Jan. 3, 2021.

Coen, who played collegiately at UMass, was Maine’s offensive coordinator before venturing into the NFL.

We will have more on the coming hire once more about the timing is known.

As always stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching news.

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John Brice has covered college football, mostly in the SEC as well as covering Notre Dame and Ohio State, for more than 20 years. He's a former Tennessee Vols football sideline reporter and believes life should be spent traveling or planning the next trip.