Updated: Mar 9
With the departure of Liam Coen after just one (very successful) season in Lexington, Kentucky has been in search of a new offensive coordinator over the last few weeks.
On Friday afternoon, Mark Stoops seems to believe he has found his guy. Rich Scangarello, who has been employed as the quarterbacks coach within the 49ers organization this past season, has announced he will be accepting the offer to come to Kentucky as the next OC.
Rich spent this season with the 49ers, but before that, spent the previous two seasons as a senior offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020 and offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos in 2019. He's had many of stops throughout his 23 year career, which you can read more about here if you'd like.
I don't think it was ever in the plans for Liam Coen to only be here for one season, but when he was offered such a respected job as the OC of the Los Angeles Rams - which is a spring board job to becoming a NFL head coach - you couldn't blame him for taking the job. The majority of coaches want to become a head coach some day, and this is his path in doing so. But what's so wrong with becoming the 'lay-over job' for coaches on path to have major NFL success? You're telling me if you could get a year like we've had with Liam Coen year after year, even if it is someone new, you wouldn't take it? Also, I trust Mark Stoops' decision no matter what. He knows who will be good for this program, and continue building what he's established here.
Welcome to the Kroge, Rich.