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.