By LARRY VAUGHT
Let me admit that I am still a bit surprised that former Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown has not received a big-time job offer.
His name has been mentioned in connection with several jobs — Louisville, Kansas State, Texas Tech. I’m even convinced that if Jeff Brohm had left Purdue for Louisville, then Brown could have been the next coach at Purdue.
If Troy can beat Buffalo Dec. 22 in the Dollar General Bowl it will give Brown a third straight 10-win season. While he’s known for his offensive work, the Troy defense has ranked in the top 25 nationally in points allowed the last three seasons.
Brown, who is only 38 years old, has wins at LSU in 2017 and Nebraska this year. His 2016 team almost won at Clemson. Then there is his experience as offensive coordinator at Troy, Texas Tech and then Kentucky before he became the head coach at Troy.
Brown knows how to recruit elite athletes and has made Troy a successful program that just keeps getting better.
Obviously I’m more than a bit biased when it comes to the former Boyle County High School three-sport standout and his coaching resume. He has everything it would seem to me that a athletics director would want.
It’s not like he has a bad life now. He makes close to $1 million annually, lives about two hours from the beach, has upgraded facilities and has total support from the school administration. His family is happy and that’s important to him.
Certainly he’ll eventually get his chance to move up. I’m just surprise so many schools opted to go other directions this year.