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Kentucky hires former Boise State assistant Bush Hamdan as the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has hired former Boise State assistant Bush Hamdan as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following Liam Coen’s departure to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hamdan, 38, is a 15-year coaching veteran who previously worked in the Southeastern Conference at Missouri and Florida. He also spent the 2017 season in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. Hamdan spent last season at his alma mater and has also coached at Washington, Maryland, Colorado, Davidson and Arkansas State.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he has followed Hamdan’s career and been impressed with his work under Steve Sarkisian and Eli Drinkwitz. He called him a “rising star” in a release Wednesday and said he was excited to bring him to Lexington. He will be introduced on Thursday.

Hamdan in turn said he admired Stoops and how he has built the Wildcats, adding, “It’s an exciting time to be at Kentucky and be back in the SEC. I can’t wait to get started.”

Boise State finished second in the Mountain West Conference in scoring offense (32.1 points per game) and total offense (436.1 yards) last season. The Broncos tied for the regular season title before beating UNLV in the championship game and playing in the L.A. Bowl.


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