Kentucky hires safeties and special teams coach

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The last SEC assistant coaching position has been filled. Kentucky hired Craig Naivar as its new special teams and safeties coach.

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Naivar replaces Bradley Dale Peveto, who joined the LSU staff in February. Naivar is the former defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Texas State

“I’ve gotten to visit with Craig the last couple of years and am very impressed with him,” Wildcats coach Mark Stoops said in a news release. “He has vast knowledge, both as a defensive coordinator and as a special teams coordinator. He’s a high-energy coach with a great reputation as a recruiter.”

“I’m excited to be part of the Big Blue Nation and such a prestigious university,” Naivar said in a news release. “I was attracted by the opportunity to work with Coach Stoops, the energy he brings and the success he’s had everywhere he’s been. It’s also exciting to reunite with Coach Eliot. He is one of the really sharp minds in college football, a great coach and recruiter.”

Naivar is a Texas native, and he should be an asset for the Cats’ recruiting in the Lone Star State.

Photo Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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