Annnnddd boom goes the dynamite. Former Wildcat Neal Brown will be the next offensive coordinator at Kentucky. After leading one of the top offenses in the nation for the past few years, he will be coming home to join new head coach Mark Stoops’ staff. It should be announced Monday along with a few other staff additions.
Brown is another big splash made by Kentucky nationally. His salary will be almost doubled and nearly double that of former OC Randy Sanders. It’s a hire that should satisfy a Kentucky fan base that sometimes seems allergic to the running game and longs for any link to former coach Hal Mumme and QB Tim Couch. It should also pay immediate dividends in recruiting, with Franklin County’s Ryan Timmons a top target that would fit perfectly into the Air Raid.
Other assistants that are expected to be announced are former UT WR coach Darrin Hinshaw, Troy OL coach John Schlarman, and Bradley Dale Peveto. Texas Tech RBs coach Chad Scott is expected to follow Brown but it couldn’t be confirmed. That would leave the TE coach job open, the position James Coley coaches. I’m told if Coley ends up in Lexington it will be later, not sooner. It is also a possibility that Greg Nord stays at UK. Schlarman would mean the end of Mike Summers’ time in Lexington, which would be a shame.
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
|Massachusetts (TE coach) |
Sacred Heart (QB/WR coach)
Delaware (WR coach)
Troy (WR coach)
Troy (OC/QB coach)
Texas Tech (OC/QB coach)