Neal Brown talks Kentucky rumors on Lubbock radio show (Runnin' with the Raiders blog)

Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown is becoming a centerpiece of coaching rumors in home state of Kentucky.   Zach Long/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Zach Long/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown is becoming a centerpiece of coaching rumors in home state of Kentucky.

The coaching rumors that often swirl with abundance this time of year have swept up Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown.

The third-year Tech assistant has been rumored to be high on the list as a candidate for the offensive coordinator job at Kentucky under new coach Mark Stoops.

Brown is a native of Danville, Ky., and played for three seasons with the Wildcats.

Landon Wright, editor of WreckEm247.com, cited a "trusted source" while tweeting Tuesday morning that Brown to Kentucky was a "done deal," though nothing would be made official until Wednesday.

On the "Tech Talk" radio program on 104.3 FM today, Brown said he was "proud to be a Texas Tech Red Raider" and that he was out on the road recruiting this week.

He also didn't exactly shoot down the possibility that he would be headed to Kentucky.

"That’s where I’m from," Brown told 104.3. "But I don’t really want to talk about any other jobs or anything like that. But that’s the link because that’s where I’m from and that’s where I played. And I get that, but a lot of the talk out there is definitely premature."

The Brown-led Texas Tech offense ranked 12th in the nation this season and fifth in the Big 12 at 501.42 yards per game. The Red Raiders were 16th in scoring offense nationally and fifth in the league at 37.75 points per game.

"I’m proud of the job I have and glad to be at Texas Tech," Brown told 104.3. "It’s like somebody told me: It’s better to have your name out there for maybe other people wanting you than the other way, being on the firing line. I think it’s a compliment to what we’ve been able to do on offense. Really not myself, more our players and our staff. And probably coach (Tommy) Tuberville’s track record, too, of assistant coaches moving on.”

 

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Godspeed NB

Hopefully this rumor is true. This was my second wish if Tubs was retained next year. This would give me a little bit of hope that next year would be an improvement. The other rumor I heard was that Cumby was going to get the OC job. Don't know how good he would be, but he has to be an improvement.

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@nashville

Chris Thomsen the offensive line coach was stolen away from Arizona State last year after he coached at Abilene Christian. From what I believe Thomsen is the coach in waiting and the OC in waiting. Cumbie will probably be the 2nd or 3rd guy in line after this. He's a great coach and has done some great stuff but I think they will go with a little more experience. He's the next OC in waiting in Tuberville leaves/retires.

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In favor

of taking his "Nascar", "Merekat" offense elsewhere. Absolutely the most predictable offense around here since the Jerry Moore or Rex Dockery days.

Hey, Take Flubs with you.

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What about Tubs?

Has anybody so much as sniffed on Tubs? I mean, the guy is just passing through--he would agree to report for work in the morning at eight o'clock.

Anybody heard?

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coaching hires as of now

Gus Malzahn is the head coach of Auburn & Bret Bielema HC from Wisconsin is Arkansas new HC

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@ raiderred0

Your "merekat" offense comment is hilarious.

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facts

The only way Tubs is leaving here would be for an SEC job. The Tennessee job is the only one still not filled and they wont be calling Lubbock. Looks like we have at least one more year with Tubs. Maybe a new OC will make a big difference. I sure hope so. On the bright side, it looks like Tubs salesmanship may have finally paid off. Looks like he sold Mark Stoops on Neil Brown.

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GOOD RIDDANCE FOR TEXAS TECH!!!!

NEAL BROWN IS SUCH A JOKE AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. His Nascar offense runs more like a GO CART OFFENSE. I'm so sick of his Wildcat formations that make us look like pussycats. Plus he looks like Forrest Gump to top it off. His kinderngarten play calling won't be missed by me. He doesn't have the guts to play football each and every play (remember how many overtime games we played that were unnecessary because of his play calling???)

I ALWAYS SAID NEAL BROWN WOULD BE TUBBERVILLES DOWNFALL AT TEXAS TECH. MAYBE TUBBERVILLE CAN SURVIVE AND HIRE A REAL OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR THAT CAN GET THE JOB DONE and get this program back to respectability!!

I'm rooting for you Tubberville. He made it easy so you wouldn't hae to fire him. If he needs help loading his Uhaul truck, please let me know.

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Crap!

If what nash says is true, we get another year of excuses, injuries, and wait til he gets his guys in place. And nash, what the hell makes you think anybody in the sec wants this guy? I'll bet they're looking for an honest, accountable, winner, which leaves him out.

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We must also remember

This report is from K-HANCE 104.3 fm. Hey he didnt say something like "the only way Im leaving is in a pine box".

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Nobody

That's my point coyote. Nobody in the SEC wants Tubs. That's why we will have another year with him. Just hoping that a new OC will make a difference. By the way. A columnist in a Kentucky newspaper said that they have hit a home run by hiring NB. I say if the ball doesn't get over the fence, we all stand around staring at the ball until he rounds the bases.

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Yep

We'll find out real soon if Brown was the problem or if Coach Pinocchio was micro managing the offense to make it boring and stupid. Yeah, I agree if he flops maybe it was him afterall.

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Too funny!

"home run by hiring NB" Haa Haa!!

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Could We Get

could we get that Okla. St. offensive coach (66 & 59 points)??

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Hey not a bad idea

Also, look on these threads. The hancers of yore are strangely silent. I knew if the administrations Pinocchio coach made an ass out of the 3 or 4 hance folk for long enough, they'd convert or disappear.

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Coyote-- No Neal Brown

If Neal Brown leaves, then Tibs Will be micro managing the offense. none of the possibilities mentioned on this blog have standing with Tubbs. bringing in/ promoting someone without OC experience = Tubs is the OC. Furthermore, its more of the same. We can't hire someone for a significant co-ordinator job with a proven record or experience.

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Ground Assault?

What about taking this time to implement a ground attack that gives us that recruiting edge? You know Oregon will have some coaches that can come down and enter the coordinator ranks. Oregon recruits Houston heavily anyway to run that offense, might as well get some Texans to stay in state and play for the red and black.

I'm thinking out loud here....LOVE the air-raid, but it's just too reminiscent of times past. Maybe it's time to get that "unique" offense that will allow us a recruiting edge yet allow us to figure out ways to win more games....

That being said...I still want Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator or Kliff Kingsbury as HC lol. COME ON WES WELKER SPEAK UP! :)

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wildcat/run-pass ratio

The number of pass attempts will slightly drop next season due to inexperience at QB & his scrambling capabilities. They would be smart to add the zone read to the playbook. If Neal leaves promote Sonny Cumbie to offensive coordinator & QB coach. I think we will win 8 or 9 regular season games next season if Brewer lives up to whats expected of him.

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Brewer and Brown

I would like to see what NB can do with Brewer behind center. The offensive line was a liability and Doege wasn't an athletic QB and terrible throwing on the move. If NB goes then just get someone that can utilize Brewer. Maybe Kingsbury might come and be the OC for a while, then he could be HC later and Cumbie the OC.

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Lets see, who could make Brewer.......

Never mind. I cant see Kingsbury moving. In fact to leave TAMU and come to Tech under Tubenstein would be a huge career mistake. Would love to see him here as HC. Could he really do worse? Then Tubs could go coach at a service academy where he could learn values such as honesty and taking responsibility. At that point Cumbie could take over as OC. Leave Kaufman in place under the stipulation that he stop someone next year with more firepower than the New Deal 7th grade second team. Of course this is all a pipe dream. Hance will still be believing hes the almighty, Tubs will be beating Joes College of Cosmetology until he loses and making excuses and being injured and lying about things he didnt know was on tape. UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE, My scenario isnt any more crazy than anybody elses except part of mine has already happened. Time for change.

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But who will Tuberville hire?

But who will Tuberville hire? That's really the question if NB leaves. Who hired NB for his coaching position?

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I'm worried that Tubs is

I'm worried that Tubs is going to use this opportunity to get under center and install a more run-heavy offense which he's more comfortable with, and will totally screw us long-term. Hopefully we either stick with the air-raid or we get an Oregon type running attack.

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Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick

No calls for Tubs.

If we had beaten Baylor and gone 8-4 I think he would have gotten that cherished SEC job. I agree with some here, if Brown goes we will run, run, run.

Every year Tubs is around delays the rebuild by a year.

Tubs inherited 17 starters from a 2-year 20-6 club. Now here we are.

Are we stuck or what?

Hance, et. al.

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today's lesson

"Nuclear winter" - A worldwide darkening and cooling of the atmosphere with consequent devastation of surviving life forms, believed by some scientists to be a probable outcome of large-scale nuclear war (or the self-inflicted wounds perpetuated by a certain college administration, together with select boosters).

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NB is not the problem

He wasn't allowed to run his offence, what we have seen the last three years doesn't resemble Troy.

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Huh

I thought players made plays on offense and defense, not coaches. Block, tackle, run and catch. Better players make the best coaches. Maybe Saban, Miles or Meyer could come to Tech and win! Hilarious

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@mmat79

They play only as good as they are coached and they run the plays that the coaches call.

When there is a lack of coaching, there is a lack of performance on the field.

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nuclear winter?

Hilarious! I think we will be better next season.

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mmat

Given youre reasoning then, anybody can come in and coach here. Hey, good news chancellor! You can save two mil a year! Just let tubs go. The coach dont matter. Apparently mmat could come in here and win if we only had players. @ Runnin, no offense, but thats what you said last season. Always next year. You want people to be as upbeat as you but there are limits. Where is yours? TCU took us to overtime with a bunch of 18-19 year olds. Were not surrounded by teams that are getting worse every year. The tolerating of losing and excuses and lying has worn way too thin for most. I know youre trying to be positive, but "wait til next year" has a hollow ring to it these days. Time for change.

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@coyote

im not as upbeat as you would think I am. Yes, i did say that before this season & we are better in the win-loss category. Some would say not by much but every year there are close games that could go either way. We had 3 OT games we should have won in regulation but it didnt work out that way. We won 2 of 3 games that went into overtime. I have limits & i believe 7-5 is alot better than 5-7. We bowling this season. We couldve been better or worse. Im not satisfied by any means. Anything less than 7-5 next season should be the end of Tuberville at Texas Tech.

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