COLUMBIA — After a monthlong search, Missouri will hire former Kentucky assistant Pat Washington as wide receivers coach.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Missouri has not officially announced the hiring, but associate athletics director Chad Moller told The Star on Friday that Washington has agreed in principle to take the job.
Washington, who played quarterback at Auburn from 1982-85, brings a wealth of Southeastern Conference coaching experience. He spent 15 years coaching in the SEC, most recently as receivers coach and passing game coordinator for Kentucky under Joker Phillips last season.
But Washington is perhaps best known for coaching receivers at Tennessee from 1995-2005, during which the Volunteers compiled a 105-31 record and won the 1998 national title. He coached Joey Kent, Marcus Nash, Peerless Price, Cedrick Wilson, Donte’ Stallworth and Robert Meachem. Stallworth, Nash and Meachem were first-round NFL draft picks.
Washington has also coached receivers at Mississippi State (2007-08), running backs at Baylor (1994) and was a graduate assistant at Auburn from 1987-88. Prior to his hire at Kentucky last season, he spent three years coaching running backs and special teams at Southern Mississippi.
Washington’s expected hire means Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is likely done shaking up his football staff. After offensive coordinator David Yost resigned in December, co-offensive line coach Josh Henson was later promoted to replace him. Receivers coach Andy Hill took over Yost’s duties as quarterbacks coach, leaving a hole at receivers coach.