By LARRY VAUGHT
What was expected to be decision day for former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown turned into an even longer day than he anticipated as he weighed a lucrative offer to be Kentucky’s offensive coordinator against the potential to be head coach at Southern Mississippi at age 32.
While some were reporting Brown had accepted UK’s offer early Sunday afternoon, a source close to Brown said he “was still talking” about what he might do just a few hours ago and no final decision had been made. However, RedRaiderSports.com’s @ChrisLevel just told me, “We’ve just confirmed Brown is headed your way.
My gut is that Brown wanted the chance to be head coach, but also knew the UK offer could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for a central Kentucky guy that grew up dreaming of playing for Kentucky and then coaching the Wildcats.
“Neal played at Kentucky before transferring to UMass and is from Danville. I think Kentucky is getting a bargain because Neal is ready to be a head coach at a place like Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi or even Louisiana Tech and begin that journey,” Graham said. “I think he’ll be a head coach at a big time program before the decade is over.
“To be honest, because Brown is associated with Tuberville who replaced Leach, whose firing rifted Tech fans, Brown won’t unite the Texas Tech fan base. However, his offense is suited to the Big 12 style of play and it’s likely he could have done good things at Tech.”