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Neal Brown hopes adversity inspires Stoops’ Cats

John Schlarman (Vicky Graff Photo)


Troy University coach Neal Brown, a former UK player and offensive coordinator, admits he’s now an outsider looking at the situation but he praises the way coach mark Stoops has handled the situation with offensive line coach John Schlarman needing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer.

Brown hopes the adversity Kentucky is going through with Schlarman, defensive lineman Josh Paschal (skin cancer) and offensive lineman Landon Young (season-ending knee injury) will make the team come together even more

“Sometimes early adversity can set a team up for huge success and hopefully this adversity is an inspiration to the whole team,” Brown said. “Mark is really doing a great job handling this and I know John appreciates that he is still getting to work. He needs that routine to keep his mind off his illness all the time.

“We still talk a lot and he’s just a special guy. He’s always been the most mentally tough person I have known. He is going to beat this and it will be a great story. I have no doubt about any of that.”

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