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Kragthorpe names new assistant coaches

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As much as I'd like to use this space for a 9,000 word ode to Edgar Sosa's game-winner, we have news from the sport where we can't beat Kentucky that must be discussed.

Steve Kragthorpe has hired Larry Slade and Brent Guy to fill the defensive spaces left vacant when Ron English and Eric Lewis left for Eastern Michigan. Guy will reportedly coach the linebackers while Slade will work with the defensive backs.

The other big news is that special teams cooridnator Mark Nelson has resigned to pursue other opportunities, and has been replaced by Jay Johnson. Johnson, a former offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi, was an administrative assistant at U of L last season.

Guy spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Utah State where his record was 8-38. He was asked to step down on Nov. 17, 2008. Prior to that he had been the defensive coordinator at Boise State and Arizona State.

"Brent has a proven track record playing great defense wherever he has coached," said Kragthorpe. "I'm excited to add a coach with the expertise to our staff. He had great success at Arizona State as a defensive coordinator and can add a lot of expertise to that side of the football."

It's a bold move to use the word expertise twice in two sentences, but then again Steve Kragthorpe is a bold man. Is bold the word I'm looking for?

Slade spent the last ten seasons coaching the defensive backs at Tennessee, where he helped mold the likes of Eric Berry, Gibril Wilson, Deon Grant, Rashad Baker, Jabari Greer, Jonathan Wade and Jason Allen. He was the secondary coach at Washington when the Huskies shared the 1991 national championship, and he also worked at Maryland and with Kragthorpe at Texas A&M.

"Larry is one of the most-respected defensive back coaches in the nation," said Kragthorpe. "I worked with Larry at Texas A&M and he is one of the best I've ever been around. I'm excited that he has decided to join our staff."

Welcome aboard, fellas.