By LARRY VAUGHT
Is Neal Brown the new offensive coordinator at Kentucky?
There have been several reports and constant speculation today that it is a “done deal” with Brown leaving Texas Tech after three years to run the UK offense for new coach Mark Stoops. However, sources indicate the reports of a “done deal” are premature and that Stoops has not hired a new offensive coordinator yet.
The new coach said Sunday he planned to interview coordinators today. That’s why it seemed a bit odd when reports of a “done deal” surfaced so early today because Stoops certainly seems like someone who doesn’t say one thing and do another.
Would I like to see Neal Brown at Kentucky? Absolutely. Sure, I’m biased. I’ve known him for 20 years. But look at what he’s done at Troy and Texas Tech and you should be biased for him, too. Tim Couch knows a bit about offense and he thinks his former teammate would be great for the job. Former UK offensive coordinator Tony Franklin led a high-powered offense at Louisiana Tech this year and he was the one who brought Brown to Troy as a receiver coach and recommended he become the offensive coordinator when he left. Former UK linebacker coach Chuck Smith coached Brown in high school and thinks he would be great at UK.
Obviously, would big plus for Brown would be a chance to return closer to home with his wife and two daughters. But they are all happy at Texas Tech and there’s still a chance he might be offered a head coaching position based on what several media outlets have told me today when they called to ask about Brown.
Stoops indicated he wanted a high profile offensive coordinator who could throw the ball around and have an entertaining offense. That’s Brown.
So could this happen? Absolutely. Should it happen? Again, asking me, absolutely.
But it hasn’t happened yet as both Stoops and Brown have options to weigh.