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Tech football notes: Brown's hiring at Kentucky made official

Offensive coordinator finds landing spot after Tuberville-Tech breakup

Posted: December 10, 2012 - 10:09am  |  Updated: December 11, 2012 - 12:57am
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown will be Kentucky's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.  AJ File Photo, Zach Long
AJ File Photo, Zach Long
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown will be Kentucky's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
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Neal Brown, Texas Tech’s offensive coordinator the last three years, on Monday was officially named to a similar position at Kentucky. He’ll be the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The hiring had been expected since early last week.

Brown grew up in Kentucky and started his college career as a receiver for the Wildcats.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to come home to the university that I grew up rooting for, and having played here, have a true personal investment in the program,” Brown said in UK’s statement about the hiring.

Brown, 32, is one of the first major hires by new head coach Mark Stoops.

“Coach Stoops sold me on the job,” Brown said. “I’m excited about his plan. He has a great vision about where he wants to take the program and how he wants to do it.”

Kentucky hopes Brown can turn around its offense, which ranks near the bottom nationally in most major categories. In contrast, Brown’s Tech players this season rank No. 2 in passing offense and No. 12 in total offense.

Brown also was in the mix for head-coaching openings at Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech. Southern Miss hired Todd Monken, the former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, on Monday.

“I’m super excited for Neal to get to go home and to coach at a place that he played and be closer to family,” Tech interim head coach Chris Thomsen said. “His daughters will get to grow up around grandparents and things like that. In this business, it’s hard to stay close to home sometimes.

“I got to work with Neal for a year and was incredibly impressed with his abilities and his character and who he is as a person.”

 

Tech loses pledge

Dallas Skyline defensive back Will Barrow has decommitted from Texas Tech, according to a report Monday from ESPN.com writer Damon Sayles.

Skyline recruiting coordinator Jason R. Garrett told Sayles that Barrow will look at other options. The report said Tommy Tuberville’s decision Saturday to leave the Texas Tech head-coaching job for Cincinnati played a lesser role in Barrow’s decision, which had more to do with a miscommunication between the staff and Barrow involving an official visit and an in-home visit.

Barrow’s decision leaves the Red Raiders with 18 commitments for the 2013 signing class.

Wreckem247.com reported Saturday that two Tech pledges — outside linebacker DaKorey Johnson from Trinity Valley Community College and wide receiver Devin Lauderdale from Bellaire — are wavering on their commitments in the wake of Tuberville’s departure.

 

Surgery for Morales

Interim head coach Chris Thomsen said he believed offensive guard Alfredo Morales is scheduled for surgery today.

Morales suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the Red Raiders’ Nov. 17 road game at Oklahoma State.

 

Compiled by Don Williams

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Coach

Larry Kehres Mount Union collage head coach NCAA III. Larry Kehres has a record of 331 wins 24 loses 3 ties he is the winnings coach in collage football. Has 10 national NCAA III championships can Nick Sabon say that. If kliff says no what's the harm in giving this guy a call. Buy the way mount union mascot is the Purple Raiders.

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And This Tell Us...

Tubs told Brown he was not taking him to Cincy.

No program contacted Brown about a head coaching job.

Brown took the only offer he had--very wise.

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Shucks!!!

Shucks!!!

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poor Don Williams

his hand picked sucessor left Town...what's he got left?

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Brown is thrilled to get out

Brown is thrilled to get out of Lubbock, you can't blame him at all. Most people would do the exact same thing

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bye

Good bye and good luck ,

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Another "loss" that makes me happy

Glad he's gone, too, good luck with UK, home of the NCAA's dirtiest coach next to Scott Drew.

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