UK football: Cats to hire Texas Tech's Neal Brown to lead offense

jclay@herald-leader.comDecember 9, 2012 

Former Kentucky wide receiver Neal Brown, who ran the nation's No. 2 passing offense this past season at Texas Tech, is expected to be named offensive coordinator at Kentucky on Monday. reported Sunday night that Brown had accepted an offer to join Mark Stoops' staff at Kentucky.

Chris Level of the Texas Tech radio network confirmed the report.

Brown, 32, was a star receiver at Boyle County High school before walking on at Kentucky under Hal Mumme in 1998. He transferred to the University of Massachusetts and finished his playing career there.

Brown was a graduate assistant coach at UMass and coached at Sacred Heart and Delaware before joining former UK offensive coordinator Tony Franklin at Troy in 2006.

He spent four seasons as an assistant at Troy before being hired by Tommy Tuberville to run the offense at Texas Tech.

Tuberville replaced popular coach Mike Leach, another former Kentucky assistant and offensive coordinator, and he wanted someone who could run the Hal Mumme "Air Raid" offense.

Texas Tech finished second in the nation this past season in passing offense, averaging 361.9 yards a game. The Red Raiders were 12th nationally in total offense, averaging 501.4 yards a game.

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege ranked sixth in the nation in passing yardage, throwing for 3,934 yards on the season. Doege threw for 38 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

Kentucky finished 113th of 120 FBS schools in total offense in 2013, averaging 315 yards a game.

Texas Tech finished 7-5 this season and will play Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

In 2011, Texas Tech ranked 13th nationally in total offense, averaging 470.58 yards a game and 22nd in scoring offense, averaging 33.8 yards a game.

The Red Raiders were seventh nationally in passing offense in 2011, averaging 345.4 yards a game.

Brown was reportedly making $360,000 a year at Texas Tech.

He has reportedly interviewed for head coach openings at Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech but was thought to be Stoops' top choice to be the new coach's first offensive coordinator at Kentucky.

Texas Tech running backs coach Chad Scott and Troy offensive line coach John Schlarman are thought to be top candidates to join Stoops and Brown at UK.

Both are former Kentucky players who have played and coached with Brown.

Schlarman was a UK offensive lineman from 1994-97 for Bill Curry and Mumme. Scott was a running back for Mumme and Guy Morris in 2000-01 before transferring to North Carolina.

Scott coached at Troy with Brown before following him to Texas Tech to coach the running backs there.

John Clay: 859-231-3226. Blog: Twitter: @johnclayiv.

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