EKU to hire Mark Elder as new football coach

Eastern Kentucky will hire Tennessee tight ends and special teams coach Mark Elder as its new head coach, according to WTVQ, Lexington’s local ABC affiliate.

Elder has spent the last three years with the Vols and has served with Butch Jones since 2007, when Jones coached Central Michigan before heading to Cincinnati and then Tennessee. He has served as a linebackers and running backs coach in previous years on top of what his current duties have been.

He will replace Dean Hood, who went 55-38 (44-19 OVC) in eight seasons with the Colonels and was relieved of his duties last month. This is definitely a move that can be considered a coup, as convincing someone to come from the SEC to be a head coach on the FCS level is pretty significant.

Either way, the offer was too good for Elder to turn down, so hopefully he can bring the program to a higher level.

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