By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: Does it excite you to also have Chad Scott (running backs) and John Schlarman (offensive line) coming back to coach at UK with offensive coordinator Neal Brown?
Freddie Maggard: “Absolutely. Understanding past struggles and successes can only strengthen commitment. But to be totally honest, I don’t care if they are from Mars as long as they can coach and recruit. I’m ready to win.”
Andy Murray: “I had a chance to meet John a few times during his career and as a young coach and he is first class. As a player he was a worrier and literally went to a lot of practices on crutches and ankle boots. He will do a great job, and help coach Stoops create some that toughness that we have all been talking about.”
Derek Abney: “I vividly remember both of them. John was a quality guy in all facets of the game/life and Chad was a quiet, confident competitor. I’m so excited these two are coming back to Lexington. I’m always cautiously optimistic but I have to say I’m more excited than I anticipated, and the coaching staff is a major reason for that.”
David Hopewell: “Yes, I’m glad to see it. I know Neal has coached with both of them so they all know each other and how the other may react in different situations. That has to bring a lot of comfort to each of them. I know John better than I do Chad but I know both of them are ready for this level and communicate well with their players. John’s father in law is Joe Federspiel, the former UK all-SEC linebacker and pro bowler. I know Joe is glad to have his daughter and grandkids close again, too.”
Jason Todd: “Coaches always say that they love wherever they are working. But, I would think that it means a little more to you when it is just more than a paycheck. Having spent all or part of your playing days at a school would have to make it mean more than just any job. As a former player, I am excited to again have former players as part of the staff. Chad, John and Neal will all have experiences from their playing days that they will be able to pull from in their capacity as coaches that will benefit the program.”