Liam Coen has been pleasantly surprised by culture of UK football

Liam Coen (UK Athletics Photo)

Changing a program’s culture is something a lot of high-level college football and basketball coaches talk about and often have to try and change. New Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen was not sure what he would find at Kentucky culture-wise when he left the Los Angeles Rams to return to college coaching.

“I was talking to a couple of people about the way that these guys go about their business,” said Coen. “It’s not easy being a student-athlete at this level.”

Yet Coen says weekly reports seldom have many names on it for players who have missed a class/workout/tutoring session or been late.

“The way coach (Mark) Stoops has got things rolling was actually a pleasant surprise,” Coen said. “These guys know how to practice. You can tell they have been repped and coached. It has been a really pleasant surprise.”

Communicating with NFL players was different. Show up late or do something wrong in practice and a player was fined. It’s not that way in college obviously.

Coen knows he has to be patient and teach more but admits at times some of the “New England in me comes out” and there will be times he “jumps guys” for mistakes.

“But I love them up and create the right atmosphere,” Coen said. “It’s not always easy love and pats on the butts. There is a time we have to get after these guys.”

3 thoughts on “Liam Coen has been pleasantly surprised by culture of UK football

  1. LarryPup

    UK throwing and catching the football for big gains and quick scores would be nice to see in 2021. I hope the QB Coen settles on can make some noise in the SEC come fall. I hope some WR’s and TE’s emerge as game changers too. The UK RB’s will be helped also if UK can move the football effectively through the air. It will make opposing defenses cover the whole field and not stack the LOS on every down to stop the UK running attack. We will soon find out if UK has the weapons and offense many of us have longed to see for a long time.

  2. Elmer Fuddrucker

    Hopefully a passing attack. Yeast, Abney Lyons, and Tamme. Kentucky had to be respecting. Been looking for two tight end formation for years. Go Cats.

  3. Mike Flannery

    I am looking to finally having an adequate passing attack at UK! Think of where we could have been the last three years with a legitimate SEC passing game. There are solid reasons for hope in 2021. Eddie Gran’s QB coach did not develop any of his QBs to where needed, maybe the talent was not there? Let’s see where Coen gets the 2 QBs in camp now……that were HERE last year.


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