Mark Stoops is playing it smart and striking while the fire is hot, hitting the road to interview candidates for the OC position. Among those on the list, are Texas Tech OC Neal Brown. For a quick profile of Neal Brown, check the excerpts below, and view the entire article from A Sea of Blue, here.
On Brown’s Offense:
For those that haven’t been paying much attention, Brown’s responsible for a an offense in the middle of the barren wasteland that is Lubbock, Texas that picked up more than 4,000 yards of passing offense this season, good for the #2 passing offense in the country this year behind Marshall.
On Brow’s Tempo:
The Red Raiders ran 922 plays this season for an obscene 72 plays per game for 6.53 yards per play. Kentucky’s offense averaged just under 69 plays per game and a paltry 4.78 ypp. Strangely enough, 922 is the fewest number of plays Tech has run under Brown, going from 1,054(!!!) in 2010 and 991 in 2011, all while improving YPP, which is really what you want (offensive efficiency and whatnot).
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here because Brown, though a former UK WR, is an incredibly hot commodity, and will likely be interviewed by multiple programs. So with any hire, rumors abound, but one of the more interesting is tweeted by Brian Eldridge:
#rumor UK may be offering to double Neal Brown and Chad Scott’s salaries. NB currently makes 550k. Scott makes about 250k.
— Brian Eldridge (@BriEldridge) December 4, 2012
As this goes on a few more days, there is some murky information regarding Chad Scott. Most have confirmed that he is not a candidate for OC, but could be as a position coach. Scott would be the RB coach. According to Ryan Lemond, Chad Scott is being interviewed today.
Just FYI, Chad Scott married former UK basketball player Shambrica Jones.@ukcoachstoops is reportedly talking to Scott today
— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) December 4, 2012