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Derek Abney glad to see “completely different mood” about Kentucky football this year

By LARRY VAUGHT As he was driving from Charleston, S.C., to work the C.H.A.M.P. Camp here last year, former Kentucky All-American Derek Abney knew it likely was a “make or break” season for UK coach Joker Phillips and his staff. He was right. Kentucky went 2-10 and Phillips was fired. But the mood is totally different …

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Tony Franklin has had big role in coaching career of Chad Scott

By LARRY VAUGHT Former Kentucky offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, now the offensive coordinator at California, has played a big role in Kentucky running backs coach Chad Scott’s career. He not only recruited Scott at UK, but also helped Scott with the transfer process. “Once I was cleared to leave here at Kentucky, he helped me …

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Chad Scott says working for UK OC Neal Brown easy because he knows what to expect

By LARRY VAUGHT Former Kentucky offensive coordinator Tony Franklin hired Neal Brown to coach receivers at Troy the year before he brought Chad Scott to Troy to coaching running backs. “When I first got to Troy, coach Franklin said you kind of need to watch Neal. He is well organized, he is passionate about what he …

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Franklin likes the passion and work ethic Scott has and knew overachiever Schlarman would be good coach

By LARRY VAUGHT Former UK offensive coordinator Tony Franklin was at Kentucky when new UK coaches Neal Brown, Chad Scott and John Schlarman played for the Cats and also hired all three at  Troy when he was offensive coordinator. “Chad was a video GA (graduate assistant) at North Carolina and had never coached before when …

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Franklin always knew that Brown, Scott and Schlarman could be special coaches and sees great things for UK

By LARRY VAUGHT No one should have a better idea what Kentucky’s new offensive coaching staff might do than Tony Franklin, the current offensive coordinator at California. First, Franklin not only coached new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown at Kentucky, but he also was coaching the same time new offensive line coach John Schlarman and new …

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Sonny Dykes could be a nice fit at Kentucky for lot of reasons

By LARRY VAUGHT With no idea what the exact timetable Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart has in mind for hiring a new football coach, it does make sense that he probably has started to narrow down his coaching search. Sources tell me Barnhart did indeed place a call to former NFL coach Tony Dungy, who …

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