May be more options than just Kentucky for Brown (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 scope of coaching-job rumors that surround Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown has widened.

For much of Tuesday, Twitter posts and message-board chatter pointed to Brown as a top candidate to take the offensive coordinator job at Kentucky under new coach Mark Stoops.

The connections make sense. Brown is from Danville, Ky., not too far from Lexington, and he played for the Wildcats for three seasons. His familiarity with the area would be a fit.

But it appears there could be other options for Brown to at least take a hard look at. Three schools -- Arkansas State, Southern Mississippi and Lousiana Tech -- that Brown could be suited for are actively looking for a new coach.

Sonny Dykes, son of former Tech coach Spike Dykes, reportedly left Louisiana Tech and accepted the head coaching position at California on Wednesday evening.

It would make sense for all of these schools to look at Brown, and it wouldn't be surprising if there was some mutual interest. Like most young coordinators, Brown has visions of one day becoming a head coach, and he has gained plenty of exposure as a coordinator in a high-profile conference during the last three seasons.

During that span, Brown's units have often been among the country's leaders in total offense. Tech is 12th overall this season (501 yards per game) and second in the country in passing (362).

Louisiana Tech under Dykes effectively ran an offense similar to what Brown has operated in Lubbock the last three seasons, providing intrigue for the decision-making brass in Ruston, La.

Arkansas State thrived this season (9-3, 7-1 in Sun Belt) under offense-minded Gus Malzahn, who Tuesday accepted the head coaching job at Auburn, where he had previously served as offensive coordinator.

Southern Mississippi, one year removed from a Conference USA title, went 0-12 this season under Ellis Johnson, who was fired last week after just one season.

The Red Raiders begin bowl practice on Friday, though Brown's attendance -- or lack thereof -- that day may not be an automatic indicator that he is leaving Tech for a different opportunity. It is not uncommon for some members of a staff to be out recruiting during the bowl-practice period.

Still, as has been made clear in the last few days, schools are looking to fill their voids in a hurry. Brown appears to have a decision to make, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him here in the next few days.

Stay tuned.

 

 

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Apparently you were absent

Just checking. It seemed as if, you were defending Coach Pinocchio. I cant believe you havent ever seen 99classttu and his black helicopter paranoia inspired rants about the secret team leach website and or facebook page. He posts the same garbage on the channel 11 facebook page. Thats right, 99class, I know your name. Wow, imagine that. Anyway, runnin, just seemed to me like you were going to bat for the liar. Maybe not.

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@coyote

Im not defending Tubs, Hance, Leach, Myers, Hocutt, or James. I try to stay out of political conversations.

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I didn't know

Tech even had T-shirt fans......are you sure about that?

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head in the sand

head in the sand ... Web definitions ...Exhibiting disregard or denial of a problem or threat. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/head-in-the-sand.

As for Tubs

Ole Miss 12-20 conf record (o winning seasons, 3 losing, 1 @ 4-4)

AUB 52-30 (8 winning, 2 losing)

TTU 9-17 (0 winning, 3 losing)

At Ole Miss and TTU, combined record of 21-37, i.e. 36%. Incl AUB, conf record of 73-67, i.e., 52%. 8 winning conf records, 8 losing and 1 even.

I see a coach who wins with great talent and loses with lesser talent. Like most coaches. An average coach.

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@ coyote feaco, facts, lodotxa&m

Let me guarantee you one thing and that is my degree from Texas tech is worth a hell of a lot more than what you think. Not sure why you think this is the political complaining forum but that it is not. Nobody gives a crap about hance and politics on here. Just get over it man. Do you 4-5 stooges think you own or run this blog? Hey runnin, not sure what your talking about....you want me to not call out the stooges and you turn around and disagree with the same things I said? I could care less what someone agrees on or disagrees with. This happens to be a SPORTS forum not political, government, BOR, or that BS. All I have said is make your points and move on at some point. It gets old...really old. Hey gunz you can spin your stats any way you like but Texas tech has historically averaged ~7.5 wins per year. And they pretty much are right there this year. You may think they need haves winning % like Florida or Ohio st or Texas but they are Texas tech. They are what they are. Would I have liked for them to have beat Texas and Baylor ....hell yes but they didn't. No it wasn't a satisfactory year and maybe changes will be made, who knows but fact is they were picked to finish 9th this year. They underperformed a game or 2.

Go tech....beat Minnesota

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@bart1981 and bill214

It is really sad when the only way you can defend tuber's actions is to bring in Mike Leach's name. First, nobody wants Mike back. That era is over. You are the only ones that mention Mike Leach coming back. Second, tuber is incompetent and he was hired by an incompetent chancellor who is ruining the school academically and athletically.

I realize you feel you have to defend that whole crew. But, the bottom line is that it is not political and it certainly is not about Mike Leach coming back. It is about getting rid of a lousy coach.

You really do not have any aguing points so all you can do is belittle people that disagree with you position and call them names.

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Tshirt fan

To those who have attended or are now alums of Texas Tech, im pretty tired of the tshirt fan comments. No i have not attended the university, nor have i donated large amounts of money to it, but to say im only there in good times is false. I will eventually go to the school at Tech and won't have to worry about your ignorant comments. I have purchased tickets, attire and other miscellaneous objects that have the Double T on it. Also if it was not for people like myself and others who are fans the stands would not be as full as they have been. I personally know several Tech students and Alums who don't support and havent supported the athletics. You can not lump us all together, so stop being an uninformed mouth piece and think about the others like myself who have stood by not only the athletics, but the university as a whole. Just my two cents, and to those who appreciate us fans who don't flip from one team to the other thanks for having us as part of Red Raider nation.

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These Comment Sections are Funny

It truly is always the same five Leachers posting the same stuff on here.

They really should find a hobby of some sort.

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@bill214

The way you & coyote throw insults at each other is pointless is all im saying but its very entertaining.

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i read

only a few bloggers comments because i refuse to read garbage..

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Techster, and proud of it

and, yes, holding a degree from TTU (and 2 master's degrees from much better schools, academically-speaking)

Bill, you unintentionally prove my point. Leach won 65% of conf games. Spike won 60%. Tubs has won 35%. Can't spin 35% as the same as 60-65%. And can't spin 3 years as a small sample size. These are conf W-L records, not "statistics." Statistics are "2nd best passing team in country," when many passes are really run-equivalents, the stats were padded by OOC and TTU ranked 7 out of 10 teams in B12-2 conf scoring.

I agree with you - Leach's overall record at TTU, winning ~2/3 of conf games, sniffing national respectability, is as good as it will ever get at TTU. After the Tubs hire, many on this site prattled on about Tubs and championships (plural!), arguing that Leach's record somehow underachieved TTU's potential. If the W-L record is the measuring stick, and it is, then you need 20 straight conf wints to get to 29-17, the equivalent of Leach (and Dykes).

I liked Spike (great guy, good record) and Leach (quirky guy, very good record). I would support any coach that graduates players and wins games at TTU. And I would give extra credit to one who would credit the other team - SANS EXCUSES - for losses.

We have lost our way on the field and off. In men's hoops we are DFL, and we win 1/3 of our conf games in WBB, FB and baseball. Off the field, we are a joke. Nationally, it's "Why did those idiots get rid of Leach?" Locally, it's Tubs getting PR for Christian pronouncements, financial ponzi schemes, vehicular deaths, sideline demonstrations and post-games lies about same.

We can't even lose with honor. Sad.

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Beat the gophers .....

8 out Leach's 10 teams would have had the same record as this year's team give or take just 1 win. These ain't your daddy's Bears, Cowboys, Horned Frogs and Wildcats.

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gunzsidewayz

might want to re-do your math. Spike had a better conference winning percentage than Leach. Leach just scheduled patsies in non-conference instead of the tough opponents Spike scheduled so his overall record had more wins. Plus, Leach got a fourth non-conference game which he also used as a patsy game so he pretty much started 4-0 every season with an average record of 8-4. Four patsies and a .500 record in conference is the smoke and mirrors that made Leach's ego bigger than it should have been.

Leach's problem isn't that he's a bad coach, he just isn't as good a coach as he thinks he is. If he hadn't let his ego turn his team and employer against him he might still have a job at a decent program instead of slumming it in Pullman. And from the looks of his start in Pullman he may not be there much longer either.

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@ rpinlubbock

Rp its classy fans like you that Texas tech has desired for years. In fact, tech depends on your loyalty in every aspect to compete financially and competively in the big12 year after year. Keep doing what your doing, you are very very much appreciated in raider nation!

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im hoping

we can run the score & get brewer some much needed game experience.

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@ Bart

Great take Bart. You are right on. These 5-6 stooges not only are annoying and laughable on here but they mix up the football team with the university like you said and after a while they believe what they say lol...amazing

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About the Story

This story was about Neal Brown possibly leaving Tech and the comments are an argument about Leach vs. Tuberville. I hope Brown leaves as soon as possible. The junior high coach should have been fired. His offense is a bad joke. It doesn't impress me that Tech was second in passing and 12th in total offense. The offense couldn't win games against UT, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Baylor, or Oklahoma State. Once Brown is gone, Tuberville will have one less excuse for his dismal record. I am sick of the spin the local media puts out for Tech and the horrible coaching staff we are stuck with.

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To Those Who Support The Leadership at Tech.......

in the matter of athletics--I will never be able to understand you.

I am certain you can read. And write.

You have read the perfectly accurate exposee rendered by THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS that proved doubtlessly you were lied to by your cherished leaders.

So please allow this question: What other liars do you follow and support?

If your cohorts or business acquaintences lie to you, do you simply dismiss the lies and continue to support them?

Do you place value in those who tell the truth?

What runs you?

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@Spike Rules

You are simply incorrect and I will tell you why.

Coach X won almost ALL the games he was supposed to win. He rarely got upset.

Coach X had an outstanding HOME RECORD. Our coach who is just passing through does not win conference games at home.

At the time he was cheated out of his job, Coach X had won 4 of last 4 against Nebraska, 7 of last 9 against A&M, 3 of last 5 against Oklahoma, and 1 of last 2 against Texas. The rest he regularly beat up on. Coach X was 12-4 in the league before he and the Great Raider Nation got cheated out of his job.

I urge you to at least speak the truth, because there will be no historical revision on my watch.

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@facts

dont try to sugar coat his record vs UT & OU.

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@facts

you could argue that tech was on the start of a decline in his last year. Add that he was fired & along with him went the incoming 2010 recruiting class prospects. I dont know why im posting this because im going to get called stupid or a sunshine pumper but i can careless about it.

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Spike v. Mike

I stand corrected. Spike was 57-40-1 in conference, for a winning percentage of ~59%. Leach was 47-33, for a winning percentage of ~59%. In 23 total conf years, each had one losing conf record (for Leach, year 1, the team he inherited). Tubs is 3 for 3.

The SWC was a poorer conf than the B12. To support this contention, recall that Spike played 4 private schools yearly (Rice, Bay, SMU, TCU). To further support, despite the same conf record at ~59%, Leach's teams were ranked at year-end in 6 of 10 years, including 5 of last 6, while Spike's teams were ranked only 2 of 13. Lastly, Leach's teams went to 10 bowls in 10 years, which Spike's teams missed bowls in 7 out of 13 years (although there were more available bowls during the Leach era). And while I'm at it, Spike's teams went to ZERO good bowls. The one C Bowl was when A&M forfeited and TTU went in a 5-way tie, and finished the year at 6-6. For Leach, I would count 2 Cottons, 1 Holiday and 1 Gator as good bowls.

Lastly, Leach only beat UT twice. That said, UT was ranked at year-end in every one of Leach's 10 years, and in the top 6 in 6 of the 10 Leach years. Wasn't the case when Spike coached at UT, seems they UT had some down years and was more beatable.

At least for me, the best indicator is year-end rankings. 2 of 13 for Spike, 6 of 10 for Leach (incl 5 of last 6) and 0 for 3 for Tubs.

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v. OU

I think Leach beat OU 3 times, but c/b mistaken.

As for OU during Leach's 10 years, the final BCS polls had OU ranked in ALL of them, and in top 7 in 6 of the 10 years.

So, I think Leach went 5-15 against OU and UT. That is acceptable to me, given that, on average, both UT and OU were about the 8th ranked team in the country. For TTU, beating the 8th ranked team 25% of the time (basically, half of the home games), is a GOOD ACHIEVEMENT. Given the recruiting imbalance, no world exists where TTU will do better.

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i think.....

if you only have 8 players or less from a recruiting class you recruited 3 or 4 years ago & you're in trouble. Miracles & blessings come few & far inbetween with JUCO players.

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The little hancers

have come out to play tonite, you all know who you are. How can you all pretend like everything is ok? You all pretend to be loyal to the university when in fact to support the university under the hance administration is to support Everything the university stands against! Unethical agendas, immoral values, No integrity, Is that what you support? As FactsRFacts pointed out, read the stuff the DMN printed during the Firing of Leach, It's so sick that it will make you throw up in disgust...there's also eye opening original email correspondence in the book Swing Your Sword from key players including the scum of the earth craig james....also read double T double cross, you will see this administration for what it truly is!

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i look at it like this

Its a Dirty World but it still spins. You cant do nothing about it but try to live in it.

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Stupid

Never have understood why Team Leach gets off so much on hitting the comment sections. It's not like a) many people read them, and b) we don't know it's Team Leach making all the posts.

This thread isn't about Leach, and most of us who hold Tech degrees are glad he's taken his classless behavior somewhere else.

Neal Brown is a good coach and I hope he stays, but if he goes best of luck to him. He and Tubs have had to play in the Big 12-2 with one less patsy game than Leach had (Leach had 4 nonconference games, the current schedule is only 3) and against Baylor, Kansas State, and OSU teams that aren't doormats. Leach puffed up his record on all the patsies plus bad BU, KU, OSU, and A&M teams for a total of really 8 patsies a year. I wish the team had won more this year, but if Leach were here his record would have been the same or worse. He has never had to coach in the Big 12 when the traditional doormats aren't doormats.

Leachers: You can continue your stupid "comment section carpet bombing" but it won't change anything other than adding to the perception that Team Leachers are morons.

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just read

Tuberville is talking with Tennessee.

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@trey olivera

Just because someone thinks tuber should be fired does not make them a leacher. Get over it. You cannot defend tuber's actions by trying to link him to Leach.

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@feaco

I can agree with Trey on the fact that OSU Baylor arent the doormats they was in the past.

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