Reports: Minter to coach Eagles’ linebackers

Rick Minter, Defensive Coordinator, talks to some players at UK Football Media Day on Friday, August 3, 2012. Photo by Mike Weaver| Staff

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Rick Minter, the defensive coordinator under Joker Phillips at UK for the past two years, will reportedly serve as linebackers coach on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff, according to multiple outlets.

Minter wasn’t retained when Phillips was fired after three years and a 13-24 record, including a 2-10 finish last season.

Minter’s defense finished the season ranked 60th nationally in total defense, allowing 5.5 yards per play, 391 yards per game and 48 touchdowns.

In his two years at UK, two players from Minter’s defensive unit were selected in the NFL Draft. In 2012, Winston Guy was selected in the sixth round by the Seattle Seahawks with the 181st pick.

Danny Trevathan was taken seven picks later by the Denver Broncos.

Minter previously coached with Phillips at Notre Dame, serving as defensive coordinator under Lou Holtz from 1992-93.

From 1994-2003, Minter was head coach of the University of Cincinnati, compiling a 53-63-1 record. Phillips coached wide receivers on Minter’s Bearcat staff in 1997 and defensive backs in 1998.

During Minter’s tenure at Cincinnati, his staff featured several prominent coaching names, such as New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Before joining Phillips’ staff at UK, Minter spent one season at Indiana State as linebackers coach.