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Eliot Will Be UK Defensive Coordinator

Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:10 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2012 5:26 PM

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On Monday Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he knew who his defensive coordinator was going to be and Wednesday it was confirmed.

According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that Seminoles third-year defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot is leaving to assist former FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops at Kentucky.

According to Fisher, Eliot will be the Wildcats' next defensive coordinator.

Fisher added that both Eliot and Stoops -- who accepted Kentucky's head-coaching position last Tuesday -- would return to Tallahassee at points between now and the Seminoles' New Year's Day bowl in order to assist with preparation for the game against Northern Illinois.

Reports of Eliot's hiring first surfaced Monday, confirming rumors that at least one of FSU's current assistant coaches was going to follow Stoops to Lexington, Ky.

For Eliot, a former linebacker at Wyoming, this will be his first job as a defensive coordinator.

Since his arrival to the Seminoles' staff three years ago at Stoops' request, Eliot has transformed FSU, turning it into Defensive End U. This year alone, the Seminoles have three defensive ends who could be first- or second-round NFL Draft picks. Each of them also could have been All-ACC selections had it not been for an injury to one in the season opener.

Topics: d.j. eliot, kentucky wildcats football, defensive coordinator, florida state seminoles, mark stoops, jimbo fischer