Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown had an interview with Massachusetts, his alma mater, about its head coaching job this week, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Thursday.
Tuberville said UMass officials asked for and received permission to talk to Brown and then did a preliminary interview. Tuberville said he did not know further details. Brown has been on the road recruiting, and Tuberville said he and Brown haven’t spoken since the interview.
“I think they’re making a move to Division I,” Tuberville said. “They’re looking for probably a coach that somewhat fits what Neal does and how he does it. He’s going to be a good head coach someday.”
UMass fired Kevin Morris, who went 16-17 in three years as head coach, on Nov. 21.
UMass went 5-6 this season in its last year in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA. The Minutemen are a member of the Mid-American Conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision starting next year.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported Thursday on its web site that Brown met with UMass athletic director John McCutcheon. The report said Brown also interviewed for the job in 2009 when he was offensive coordinator at Troy.
Brown, 31, started his playing career at Kentucky before transferring to UMass. He finished his playing career and began coaching there.
Tech, where Brown has been offensive coordinator for two years, ranks 14th in the nation in total offense this season and 27th in scoring offense with averages of 470.6 yards and 33.8 points.
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