One report on Footballscoop.com is saying that Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown interviewed at Troy for the soon to be vacant head coaching job there and that the Trojans likely will name their head coach as early as Sunday.
UK Coach Mark Stoops, who said he’d “rather not comment on any of that or what their search is,” when asked if Troy sought permission to speak to Brown.
Brown, a Kentucky native, was an assistant coach and coordinator at Troy for four seasons, helping the Trojans win at least a share of four straight Sun Belt conference championships and three bowl invites.
While at Troy, Brown’s offense was third in the nation in total offense, fourth in passing offense and 16th in scoring offense.
When asked about potentially losing Brown, Stoops said: “We have good coaches, so you know, I’d hate to lose any of the guys. I think we have a good staff that work extremely hard.
“But with that, you’d rather have people coming after them for moving on then any other reason. So we’ll see what happens.”
The Footballscoop.com report discussed several candidates to replace Larry Blakeney, including Frank Wilson at Louisiana State, Shane Beamer at Virginia Tech, Eddie Gran at Cincinnati and Matt Luke at Ole Miss.
As of last week, no new contracts for Kentucky assistant coaches had been announced, but Stoops indicated that they were in the works after he received a contract extension before the Missouri game.
“They’re in place,” he said of the assistant deals. “They’re there for us to work on after the season. So that hasn’t changed.”