Saturday, Tommy Tuberville unexpectedly and shockingly left Texas Tech for the same job at Cincinnati.
Two days later, and as expected, Tuberville’s former offensive coordinator has officially left the Red Raiders as well.
Confirming reports that began gaining steam over the weekend, Kentucky announced Monday that Neal Brown has been added to Mark Stoops‘ first UK coaching staff as offensive coordinator. Brown had spent the past three seasons in the same job at Tech.
He was also a receiver Wildcats, making the return a slam-dunk on multiple fronts.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to come home to the University that I grew up rooting for, and having played here, have a true personal investment in the program,” Brown said. “Coach Stoops sold me on the job. I’m excited about his plan. He has a great vision about where he wants to take the program and how he wants to do it.
Prior to his time with the Red Raiders, the 31-year-old Brown had spent four seasons at Troy coordinating the Trojans’ offense as well as coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers. He also spent time on staffs at UMass and Delaware.
This season, Tech’s offense is ranked No. 2 in the nation in passing offense (361.9 yards per game) and No. 16 in scoring offense (37.8 points per game). For perspective, UK finished 107th (176.2 ypg) and 119th (17.9 ppg) out of 124 FBS teams in those categories this season.
It would be an understatement to say that Stoops is merely excited about the addition of Brown to the program.
“Neal is a young, hungry, dynamic coach who has had a lot of success in the Big 12 (Conference),” Stoops said. “I want a style of offense that puts defenses in difficult situations. Also important to me was Neal’s familiarity with the people of Kentucky and the University. When you put together the football and the relationships, it was a no-brainer.”
Brown is the second significant addition to Stoops’ staff the past four days. Late last week, it was announced that D.J. Eliot was leaving Florida State to become the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator.