Need another reason to check out the 2013 Football Yearbook? Well here’s one more. A profile of former Kentucky boys Neal Brown, Chad Scott, and John Schlarman on what brought them back to Lexington to coach the Cats. UK Athletics has the entire article up on their site but here’s what Neal Brown had to say on his homecoming:
Neal Brown had always thought about coming home.
Even after the Danville, Ky., left Kentucky in 2000, he still followed the Wildcat program. As Brown raised a young family and his career took him all over the country, the idea of returning to his roots flickered in the back of his mind.
This offseason, it became a reality.
“You always think about coming back but you never get your hopes up too much in this business because it’s crazy and it’s unpredictable,” Brown said. “It just so happened that the stars aligned last December and it all worked out and I’m thankful for it.”
As Brown suggests, he wasn’t going to drop everything at the first opportunity to come home. As one of the promising young minds in college football, Brown had his future to think about. In order to put on UK blue again, the former wide receiver would have to be convinced.
To complicate matters, coming to Lexington to serve as offensive coordinator wasn’t Brown’s only opportunity this winter. Multiple schools courted him and some even thought of making the 33-year-old one of the youngest head coaches in the country.
Mark Stoops, meanwhile, stood aside. He knew he wanted Brown and he made that clear, but Stoops gave him time to sort through process. In the end, Stoops’ quiet patience was his masterful final sales pitch. It showed Brown that Stoops only wants the best for those around him.
” ‘This is a good guy. This is a good person. This is a guy that understands what we’re doing on a day-to-day basis.’ ” Brown recalled telling his wife. “I said, ‘I can work for him. I want to work for him.’ “
It’s a great read and gets you excited to have these men back in the bluegrass. Welcome home.