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Report: Idaho defensive line coach Kenny Holmes takes job at Florida International

Florida International coach Butch Davis (pictured) has reportedly hired Idaho defensive line coach Kenny Holmes to take the same position at FIU. (AL DIAZ / Associated Press)
Florida International coach Butch Davis (pictured) has reportedly hired Idaho defensive line coach Kenny Holmes to take the same position at FIU. (AL DIAZ / Associated Press)
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MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho defensive line coach Kenny Holmes will take the same job at Florida International University under new coach Butch Davis, according to The Sporting News.

Holmes, a first-round draft pick of the Tennessee Oilers in 1997, was a star defensive end at the University of Miami. FIU is also in Miami.

Holmes joined Idaho’s staff before the 2015 season. Earlier this week, Paul Petrino raved about the job that he has done with the Vandals’ defensive linemen. Led by Aikeem Coleman and Tueni Lupemanu, the unit has contributed 18 of the team’s 23 sacks.

“Kenny’s done a great job,” Petrino said. “(He’s) just a great technician. … He’s really just done a great job of working with those kids on their hands, on their moves. He’s a great mentor. He meets with those kids individually a lot one on one. Really cares about them on and off the field. You can’t say enough about him.”

Petrino noted that Holmes “might be as humble a person as you’ll ever meet. You know, for all the success that he’s had and for as humble as he is, it’s really pretty amazing. I think that really helps him relate to the players and get them to be the best they can be.”

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