By LARRY VAUGHT
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown talks about recruiting and how his family has handled Kentucky’s 2-6 start this year.
Question: What are you mainly telling recruits when you are talking to them now?
Brown: “That we are getting better and we are playing a lot of young people and the system works. You could look at past results even though we have struggled. We have some good pieces but we need to add some quality pieces. But we have the core of our football team coming back and really, most of the core back for two and three years. I just stress the positive and about where we are right now and what we are doing on a daily basis to get better.”
Question: What do recruits ask you the most?
Brown: “They are asking the same. The guys we are recruiting are positive. Even the (20)14-15-16 kids are that way. They see that we are making progress. They see the inroads we are making in recruiting. They know that we are going to be better. They have kept the faith. You always go back to what you have done and how it should look and what it can look like when we get everybody together.”
Question: How have things gone for your family since even with the win UK is now only 2-6 in your first year here?
Brown: “They are fine. The people have been fine. We have got some criticism, but when you are 1-6 (going into last week’s game), you are going to get some criticism. When you haven’t played great on offense, there is going to be some criticism. I can make all kind of excuses for it, but it is what it is. It has been good. People understand where we are at as a program and that we are making some strides.
“I would love for it to happen yesterday also, but it is a process. You are not going to … you are steering a ship, not a speed boat. Myself personally and (my wife) Brooke, she understands coming from a coaching family … my family understands that criticism comes with it but at the same time they see the every day process is getting better.”