Report: Arkansas hiring defensive assistant away from Kentucky
An SEC defensive assistant is reportedly switching divisions.
Multiple outlets, including Josh Moore of Kentucky.com, are reporting that Kentucky defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc is leaving to join Sam Pittman’s Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff. A UK spokesperson confirmed LeBlanc’s departure to Moore.
LeBlanc was Kentucky’s defensive line coach over the past three seasons. He made $325,000 for the 2019-20 school year and his contract was set to expire on June 30.
LeBlanc began his coaching career at LSU as a graduate assistant and was a strength and conditioning assistant from 2008-11. After that, LeBlanc coached defensive line at Wyoming (2012), Southern Miss (2013-14) and North Texas (2016) before joining Mark Stoops’ staff.
Moore notes that location could be a factor in LeBlanc’s departure as Arkansas is much closer to North Texas, where his son currently plays.
LeBlanc is the third Stoops staffer to be hired away this offseason. Special teams coordinator Dean Hood was hired as head coach at Murray State and quality control assistant Walt Wells was hired as Eastern Kentucky University’s head coach.
Arkansas has not yet officially announced the hire. At this time, LeBlanc’s Twitter account still references his position at Kentucky.