UPDATED: Kentucky adds Ansley to staff, reports say

Several national coaching search web sites are reporting on Tuesday night that Kentucky has hired former Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley for the same position in Lexington.

UK cannot confirm the hire until the position has been officially closed, which is listed on the school’s website as Wednesday, along with one other vacant assistant coaching spot. Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely said on Wednesday morning that he doesn’t expect any assistant coaching announcements to come until next week.

Ansley, a former standout at Troy, was on the Vols’ staff for just one season before Derek Dooley was fired.

According to Ansley’s bio on Tennessee’s official website, he was a defensive assistant in the secondary for two seasons at Alabama before being hired on at Central Florida, where he stayed for two months before taking the job with the Volunteers.

He previously coached defensive backs for five seasons at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native started 40 games at Troy and finished fifth in the nation with nine interceptions as a junior in 2003.



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Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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