Rucker has spent a good portion of the last 15 years in or near the state of Texas, and is certainly well versed in Lone Star State recruiting. Before his two-year stint at Georgia, he coached running backs at A&M in 2001 and 2002, as well as an earlier stop in Aggieland (1994-97) in the same position. Carl Torbush, Mack Brown's replacement at North Carolina, hired Rucker away from the Ags in '98 as a special teams coordinator and linebackers coach. Rucker also coached running backs for Arkansas (1990-92) and Baylor (1993).
"Were really excited that we were able to add a quality veteran coach like Ken to our staff," Brown said. "Ken is a high energy coach with tremendous character who also is a great recruiter that has spent a lot of time recruiting in Texas. He has coached on both sides of the ball, has had success at the highest levels and really understands the intensity of working at a place like ours. Ive tried to hire him a couple of times before and am excited that it worked out this time."
"Im excited and honored to have the opportunity to join the Texas staff," Rucker said. "I have always had great respect and admiration for Coach Brown and The University of Texas. Im leaving a fine program at Georgia where the administration, players and coaches have been great to me to go to a place that I personally believe is the chance of a lifetime. I feel like Texas is the kind of program that any coach would dream of being a part of. I cant wait to get started."
Inside Texas, which reported Sunday afternoon on Rucker's trip to Austin to interview with UT, spoke with Scout.com's Scott Kennedy, who closely follows Georgia football and Southeast Conference recruiting, and he said that Rucker "is genuinely one of the nicest people to be around. You're not going to find a nicer man than Coach Rucker."
Kennedy also said that Rucker's area of focus at Georgia was recruiting the southeast Georgia area, which is not typically full of top prospects, so you can't point to a lot of big name signees, but "if you look at the Georgia running back chart, it's excellent, and part of the reason is because they're going to get to play for Coach Rucker."
With Rucker on board, Texas still has one open coaching position to fill. Mack Brown has indicated that the DE coaching spot left vacant when Dick Tomey accepted the head coaching job at San Jose State will not be filled till DC Greg Robinson's future is determined. Robinson, along with former Longhorn All-American and current Buffalo Bills DC Jerry Gray among others, is a candidate for the Syracuse head coaching job.
THE RUCKER FILE
Hometown: Morristown, Tenn.
High School: Morristown East HS
College: Carson-Newman 76
Years in coaching: 26
Children: Kenny Lynnette
2005 Assistant Coach/Running Backs Texas
2003-04 Assistant Coach/Running Backs Georgia
2001-02 Assistant Coach/Running Backs Texas A&M
1998-2000 Special Teams Coord./Linebackers North Carolina
1994-97 Assistant Coach/ Running Backs Texas A&M
1993 Assistant Coach/ Running Backs Baylor
1990-92 Assistant Coach/ Running Backs Arkansas
1984-89 Assistant Coach/Running Backs Air Force
1982-83 Assistant Coach/Defensive Ends Richmond
1979-81 Assistant Coach/Defensive Line Appalachian State
1977-78 Defensive Coordinator David Crockett (Tenn.) H.S.
1976 Defensive Coordinator James Cawood (Ky.) H.S.
College Bowl Experience
2005 Outback Bowl Georgia
2004 Capital One Bowl Georgia
2001 Gallery Furniture.com Bowl Texas A&M
1998 Las Vegas Bowl North Carolina
1997 Cotton Bowl Texas A&M
1995 Alamo Bowl Texas A&M
1991 Independence Bowl Arkansas
1989 Liberty Bowl Air Force
1987 Freedom Bowl Air Force
1985 Bluebonnet Bowl Air Force