It was a fun (but very short) ride with Liam Coen calling plays on the Kentucky sideline, but like all good things, that must come to an end. Multiple sources are reporting that the Los Angeles Rams will be hiring Liam Coen as offensive coordinator:
In Coen's lone season in Lexington, he completely revitalized the offense and brought an exciting pro-style playbook that had Kentucky fans on their feet all season long. To say the loss of Coen would be a hit to the Kentucky Football program will be a complete understatement. With the loss of Jon Sumrall (took head coach position at Troy) and Eric Wolford (took OL coach position at Alabama), the staff is replacing THREE assistant coaches and in Coen's case specifically, was likely to happen early on.
Although a partial frustration may occur from Mark Stoops considering the hiring became official weeks before Spring ball, the mutual respect amongst Stoops and Coen seems to remain apparent, and one may find trouble blaming Coen for taking a job from a team that just came off of a Super Bowl, and especially considering Rams Head Coach Sean McVay is proven at getting assistant coaches into NFL head coaching roles.
There are many questions remaining that only time will answer, including who will replace Coen as the UK offensive coordinator, which players could potentially hit the transfer portal, coaching staff reaction, how recruits will judge Kentucky and how the offense will look going into the 2022 season. Personally, I trust the staff to go out and hire another Liam Coen and I thank Coen for his contributions to the program.