By LARRY VAUGHT
Sometime today Neal Brown probably is either going to become a Division I head football coach at age 32 or the offensive coordinator at Kentucky with perhaps the highest salary UK has ever given a coordinator.
While some think it is a done deal for Kentucky, sources tell me Brown will make the final call this morning.
I asked Mike Graham, staff writer for Red Raider Sports and Dallas Morning News, for his impressions of Neal Brown and his offense at Texas Tech. Enjoy his insightful answer:
“The thing you get about Neal is he knows football. There’s a certain confidence in him that you see in head coaches. Whenever he is made available to the media after a game he acts like he’s a head coach in the sense he gives an opening statement where he hopes he can answer all questions before they’re asked. Honestly, just the way he carries himself, I think he’s a head coach wannabe who does indeed have the credentials to be a head coach.
“I think if Texas A&M’s spread offense works in the SEC the pistol formation can be very effective. You’re taking the best of a downhill running game and merging it with a quarterback that only needs about three steps to get to a safe spot for a normally timed throw; just like you get in the pure shotgun. Neal didn’t invent the pistol, but he’s working on perfecting it and with how young he is I think he might fully discover what that scheme is capable of. With SEC defensive linemen coming after his quarterback, he can give Kentucky an advantage in the passing game.
“Tech ran the standard four-wide shotgun as well, but the pistol really suited quarterback Seth Doege and a group of talented running backs well. If they had a better offensive line this season, the season could have been better than 7-5.
“The Red Raiders started the season 6-1 with a triple overtime win against TCU to get that sixth win. I don’t think they fully recovered in time to play then-No. 2 Kansas State the next week on the road and then things snowballed on them in the L column as attrition on both sides of the ball piled up.”