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Report: D.J. Eliot Will Be UK's Defensive Coordinator

Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:45 PM by Mary Jo Perino
Updated: Dec 3, 2012 9:49 PM

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UK football coach Mark Stoops has said that he knows who his defensive coordinator will be, and said it was someone with whom he already had a good relationship.

Multiple sources are reporting Monday night that it is, as expected, Florida State defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot.

At least one Seminoles recruit has already taken to Twitter to voice outrage at the notion that Eliot is indeed gone.

"I guess Eliott lied to me," Chamblee, Ga. defensive end recruit Davin Bellamy tweeted.

During his first hour-long radio show as head coach Monday night, Stoops told Kentucky fans that he already knew who he was going to hire and how much he would allow that assistant to call plays.

As he discussed play-calling, Stoops said the following: "I will oversee it during the week and be involved in the game plan and watch each and every practice and every play with the adjustments and things that are going on and then I will step back and let him do his job."

Eliot, who had been part of Stoops' staff at FSU since 2010, played a key role in turning FSU's defense from being one of the worst units in the country to one of the best.

The year before Stoops and Eliot arrived -- Stoops also arrived in 2010 -- the Seminoles were among the 20 worst teams in college football defensively. They enter next month's Orange Bowl with the nation's No. 2 ranked total defense.

Eliot and Stoops first connected in the late 1990s at Wyoming, where Eliot was playing and Stoops was coaching. He quickly became a grad assistant at Wyoming and following Stoops to Houston before going their separate ways.