More speculation about Mark Stoops’ staff

With Sunday’s introductory press conference officially set for 3 p.m. at the Nutter Field House — sorry, general public not invited — speculation continues about who might be on Mark Stoops’ first staff at Kentucky.

Various reports are repeating what Corey Clark, the FSU beat writer for the Tallahassee Democrat, said in a podcast I recorded with him on Tuesday, that defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot is likely to end up at Kentucky, possibly as defensive coordinator.

The 36-year-old Eliot coached with Stoops at Wyoming, Houston and Miami. When Stoops was named defensive coordinator at FSU in 2010, he got Jimbo Fisher to hire Eliot, who has recruiting roots in Big Sky country, as well as Texas, having coached at Texas State and Rice.

Also, Bradley Dale Peveto, who was just fired as head coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana, could also end up on Stoops’ staff. The two were co-defensive coordinators together at Houston under Dana Dimel. Peveto was also co-defensive coordinator at LSU under Les Miles before becoming the head coach at Northwestern State. Peveto also coached special teams at LSU. The 48-year-old Peveto was 13-31 in four seasons at Northwestern State, but that includes an 0-11 mark his first season.

As for the James Coley/Neal Brown speculation, I wrote about that earlier today. I am also hearing there is a good chance that Mike Summers will be retained as offensive line coach.

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  1. Chuck Smith should be retained as linebackers coach, too. Look at the guys he has coached who are in the NFL and the success they are having. Plus, Smith graduated from UK and keeping a UK guy on the staff would really look good for Stoops.

  2. madcatcrawford56 says:

    Chuck Smith should absolutly be retained as linbackers coach as he has ties to the progam and his grads are making a name for themselves in the NFL. Stoops should also consider Smith as an assistant DC.

  3. David M says:

    I have to agree with maddogmitchell55 comment, Smith seems to be a good coach and hopefully will be kept on the staff. Would love to see Coley hired as associate head coach and recruiter coordinator, I think his focus being mainly on recruiting is going to be the biggest plus and hopefully will help us compete in the SEC little bit sooner than later. Go Big Blue beat the Irish!!

  4. will says:

    I’m going to disagree with the three of you. Chuck Smith but Danny and Wes in the NFL, but I don’t think he’s put anymore LB’s in. I’m not saying Smith is a bad coach — I think he’s a good coach, but what I am saying is Stoops can probably get a coach who is an equal to greater developer of LB’s, and I’m confident he can get a replacement who is a greater recruiter. All in all, that candidate would be better than Smith. Smith will be fine of course. I’d heard he was a candidate to be HC at Morehead St. I would’ve also thought he’d be a leading contender of HC at St. X or any other high school in KY. Isn’t French retiring from Boyle County after this year? You know they’d want Smith back.

  5. Fred says:

    I dont think Chuck Smith should return. I played LB and he cant get it done. Chuck should go back to high school.

    the only coach that should return is Summers. He is the only coach to make players better