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February 17, 2012

Former Vols assistant to be wide receivers coach

East Carolina assistant coach Pat Washington, a former longtime Tennessee staff member, will be hired as Kentucky's new wide receivers coach, according to FootballScoop.com.

ECU football spokesman Tom McClellan said Washington, who has spent just more than a month with the Pirates, submitted a resignation letter on Friday afternoon, resigning from his position effective Monday, Feb. 20.

UK is not allowed to confirm any new hires until two weeks after a job opening has been posted.

At ECU, Washington was the running game coordinator and outside receivers coach.

He'll succeed Tee Martin, who confirmed on Wednesday he was leaving the Wildcats after two seasons to become wide receivers coach at Southern California.

At UK, Washington, 48, would be in his third job in only few months. He joined East Carolina's staff on Jan. 6 after coaching the running backs at Southern Miss from 2009 to '11.

He's best known for coaching the wide receivers at Tennessee from 1995 to 2005, including helping the Volunteers to a national title in 1998.

While in Knoxville, Washington coached several standout receivers, including Donte' Stallworth, Peerless Price and Cedrick Wilson.

UK offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and Washington worked together for all of Washington's 11 years on staff with the Vols. Sanders was an assistant at Tennessee from 1991-2005 and offensive coordinator from 1999-2005 for the Volunteers.

Washington is a native of Mobile, Ala., the same hometown as Martin. He graduated from Auburn and spent two years there as a graduate assistant from 1987-88. He's made brief coaching stops at TCU, Baylor and Mississippi State at other points in his career.


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