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December 13, 2012Offensive coordinator Neal Brown and offensive line coach John Schlarman will be joined by another former Wildcat on the UK staff next season.
Former UK running back Chad Scott was announced as an offensive assistant on Thursday. His position is to be determined. He had been running backs coach at Texas Tech since the 2010 season, where he had worked with Brown.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Stoops, as I love the vision he has for Kentucky," Scott said in a UK press release. "I'm also excited to continue working with Neal Brown. We've had a great relationship coaching together the past six years and we're very eager to bring success to the Kentucky program.
His ties to Brown ran even deeper than that. He was running backs coach at Troy from 2007-09 and played with him at UK in 2000. Schlarman was also on staff at Troy beginning in 2007.
Scott rushed for 611 yards as a freshman at UK before ankle injuries slowed him as a sophomore, and transferred to North Carolina after that. He graduated from North Carolina in 2004 and spent two seasons in the NFL before returning to UNC. He spent two years there as a graduate assistant breaking down game film.
"Chad is a very detail-oriented coach and his players have been very productive at Troy and Texas Tech. His familiarity with the system is a great asset," Brown said in the release. "Chad is also a phenomenal recruiter. He does a great job building relationships with student-athletes, families and coaches."
Texas Tech had ranked 115th in the country in rushing in 2009, averaging just 84 yards per game. In 2010 -- with Scott as running backs coach and Brown as offensive coordinator -- the Red Raiders jumped to 75th nationally with 141.3 yards per game. They averaged 125.1 yards in 2011 on the ground and 139.5 yards per game in 2012.
"I'm excited to have Chad join our staff," head coach Mark Stoops said in the release. "He has had tremendous success coaching in this system and his familiarity with Coach Brown, along with his experience with the Kentucky program, will help our transition with the team. He also is known as an outstanding recruiter and I'm confident he will help us in that area as well."
You can follow Scott on Twitter at twitter.com/CoachChadScott.