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Neal Brown is officially UK’s new Offensive Coordinator

UK finally made Neal Brown’s hiring official this afternoon via press release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. — New Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops is known for his background on defense, so a natural question at his introductory news conference was his thoughts on offensive philosophy.

We’re going to have an offense that you are going to enjoy, I promise you that,” Stoops said. “Where is (former Kentucky All-America quarterback) Tim Couch? We’re going to have an offense you’re going to be proud of. We’ll get out there and rip it around a little bit, we are going to throw it.”

Stoops made his first step in fulfilling that promise with Monday’s announcement of Neal Brown, a former teammate of Couch who has guided one of the nation’s most productive offenses at Texas Tech, as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UK.

“Neal is a young, hungry, dynamic coach who has had a lot of success in the Big 12 (Conference),” Stoops said. “I want a style of offense that puts defenses in difficult situations. Also important to me was Neal’s familiarity with the people of Kentucky and the University. When you put together the football and the relationships, it was a no-brainer.”

In each of Brown’s three seasons as offensive coordinator, Texas Tech has ranked in the nation’s top-10 teams in passing offense, top-15 in total offense and top-25 in scoring offense, having increased production in all three categories each year since 2010. Currently, TTU is second nationally in passing with 361.9 yards per game, 12th in total offense at 501.4 yards per game and 16th in scoring with 37.8 points per game as the Red Raiders prepare for the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl on Dec. 28.

The current campaign is an expansion of the success from 2011, when Texas Tech ranked 13th nationally in total offense at 470.6 yards per game, including an average of 345.4 passing yards. The Red Raiders lit the scoreboard at a tune of 33.8 points per contest.

Individually, quarterback Seth Doege (pronounced DAY-gee) has put up eye-popping numbers over the last two seasons. In 2011, Doege threw for 4,004 yards and 28 touchdowns. With one game to play this season, barring injury, Doege is a virtual certainty to surpass the 4,000-yard mark again as he sits on 3,934 yards and 38 TDs.

In his first season in Lubbock, Brown’s offense notched 460.2 yards total offense per game, 318.9 passing, and scored at a 33.1-point clip as Tech went 8-5 and won the TicketCity Bowl.

Brown’s running game has made significant contributions to the attack as well. The Red Raiders have rushed for 135.5 yards per game and scored 51 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons. TTU’s primary running backs have averaged 4.95 yards per rushing attempt, including a 5.7 average by Kenny Williams, the leading rusher on the current squad.

As a former UK wide receiver, Brown is eager to return to Lexington.

“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.

“Coach Stoops sold me on the job. 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.”

Prior to Texas Tech, Brown spent four seasons at Troy University, including the last two as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. During his term at Troy, the Trojans won or shared four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships and earned three bowl invitations.

At the time the youngest offensive coordinator in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Brown’s 2009 offense finished third in the nation in total offense at 485.7 yards per game, fourth in passing at 336.5 yards and 16th in scoring with 33.7 points per contest. In 2008, his first as coordinator, Brown’s fast-paced offense set 10 school records.

In addition to the team accomplishments, Brown guided quarterback Levi Brown to the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year award in 2009 and the SBC Newcomer of the Year honor in 2008. During his first two years at Troy, Brown coached the inside receivers. The 2007 season saw the Trojans rank in the nation’s top-30 teams in scoring, total offense and passing offense. In Brown’s first season at the school, he helped Troy improve markedly after having been one of the nation’s least productive offenses in the season before he arrived.

Brown went to Troy after serving one season as wide receivers coach at the University of Delaware, starting three freshman wideouts as the Blue Hens posted a 6-5 record. In 2004, Brown coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Sacred Heart, helping guide the school to a 6-4 record and the top-ranked scoring offense in the conference. In 2003, he was the tight ends coach and offensive line assistant at Massachusetts, helping the Minutemen win a share of the Atlantic-10 championship and a berth in the Division I-AA playoffs.

Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in business management and his master’s in business administration from Massachusetts, where he played the 2001-02 seasons. He totaled 58 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns while being named to the Atlantic-10 All-Academic Team and the NCAA Division I-AA Athletic Directors’ Academic All-Star Team.

A native of Louisville, Brown was an all-state wide receiver at Boyle County High School in Danville, finishing his career as the No. 2 pass catcher in state history. He played at UK from 1998-2000 and was a two-year letterman, catching 10 passes, including one touchdown. He was a member of the Outback Bowl and Music City Bowl teams and earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll before transferring to Massachusetts.

Brown is a member of the Boyle County Baseball and Football Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Brooke, have two daughters, Adalyn and Anslee.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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108 Comments for Neal Brown is officially UK’s new Offensive Coordinator

  1. BPsycho
    3:54 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink


  2. TheProfessor
    3:55 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Mark it down…Stoops will be fired within 3 or 4 seasons. We should’ve hired Petrino…Period! Western Kentucky will be VERY happy with him. They will beat our ass. UK football will never be any good.

  3. # 2
    3:58 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I am one unhappy person!

  4. Not Nerlens
    3:59 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Talk about a home run…..Stoops just went deep with this hire. To land a coach who has assembled one of the best and most exciting offenses in the country and someone who also has Kentucky ties is as good as it gets. Im pumped to have an exciting brand of football on its way to Lexington. Our young QB’s will benefit significantly from being around Neal Brown.

  5. huntin chickens
    3:59 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    if you take out an “o” its Stops. NEAL BROWN!

  6. Computer Blue
    4:00 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I think this is a great hire. The Air Raid worked well. If Mumme had cared anything about defense (and wasn’t completely arrogant) we would have had something.

  7. huntin chickens
    4:00 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Brown was in line for a head coaching position. I’m so sick of these negative assholes. UK always and forever

  8. Not Nerlens
    4:01 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    2 – UL football will never be any good either…..the joke of a BCS bid this year is a fraud to the entire system as UL is nothing but a mid-major until 2014. My guess is that UL would have finished 10th or 11th in the SEC this year.

  9. Big Whoop
    4:01 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome, BABY!

  10. reality people
    4:02 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Texas Tech’s schedule and opponent’s Total NCAA Defense Ranking:
    Northwestern St. ??
    Texas St ??
    New Mexico #96 defense
    Iowa St #97
    Oklahoma #44
    WVU #107
    TCU #18
    Kansas St. #42
    Texas #75
    Kansas #113
    OK State #82
    Baylor #119

    Texas Tech lost to OK, KS St, TX, OK ST, and Baylor. So they beat TCU 56-53 in 3 OT’s, but the highest ranked defense of any team they beat besides TCU was #96 New Mexico. The SEC had 5 teams in the top 17 defenses, and 10 teams in the top 60 (UK was #60). The highest ranked defense TX Tech beat, besides TCU was 36 spots below UK’s defense in 2012.

    So how exactly is this high powered offense going to compete in the SEC? Don’t get your hopes up. This ain’t the Big 12.

  11. i took a #2 better than #2's comment
    4:03 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #2 if youre a uk fan please do yourself and the uk fanbase a favor and pick a new team to root for.. stoops is a great hire and is putting together a hell of a coahcing staff for the years to come. he has brought excitement back to uk football. petrino has too much hidden luggage in the closet.

  12. reality people
    4:03 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

  13. Chris
    4:08 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    They still put up a ton of yards and 20+ points in all their losses. There defense was just awful

  14. Reality Bites
    4:08 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #2 and #10 are both correct, this is a high school offense that works in the big 12. Scam hire.

  15. Chris
    4:09 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    And they put 35 in regulation on the top 25 defense that they played.

  16. Chris
    4:10 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    It’s funny how UL fans come on here and comment. Lol enjoy the raping from the gators.

  17. reality people
    4:11 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #13 against crappy defenses. Actually Texas Tech defense was ranked #39 in total D for the season, which isn’t good, but was one of the best in the Big 12. See post #10 above.

  18. UK2001
    4:12 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Haters are skeered

  19. Reality Troll
    4:12 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    All the negative stuff is true, great points! Anything positive is just being a homer!

  20. Dano
    4:12 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

  21. Chris
    4:13 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    You UL trolls do everything you can to try to convince yourself that you didn’t overpay for a coach that’s going to get beat by UK next season.

  22. Matt's Nose Whistle
    4:13 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome Home Coach Brown. People said Mumme couldn’t put up numbers either, but he did until Basset Hound went all rogue (alledgedly) Have fun, you’ll be a head football coach in two years!! Go Cats

  23. reality people
    4:13 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #16 I’m a UK fan uninspired by this OC. And TCU’s D was ranked #18 because of the conference they played in. Big 12 plays no Defense. TTech #’s were inflated last year, not real.

  24. JV
    4:14 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone know where Linebackers coach Chuck Smith is heading? Like Neal Brown, he too has ties to Boyle County HS.

  25. Dano
    4:15 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    For the most part,they lost the games where they had multiple INT’s.

  26. Chris
    4:16 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If you’re really a UK fan then why can’t you just try to be excited about the future? If you can’t be excited about what’s going on your just looking for negativity.

  27. Chris
    4:16 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    The big 12 is all about offense. Tcu is in the big 12

  28. Not Nerlens
    4:17 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    10 – We didn’t hire Texas Tech’s defensive coordinator. The fact that they lost some shootout’s doesn’t reflect on Neal Brown or Mark Stoops. Brown’s offense put points on the board and that is what he was hired to do.

    14 – High school offense that is #2 in passing offense in the nation. If you want a bigger sample, go look at Troy State. They have one of the best offenses in the country too and they happen to run the same system.

    14 – UL is still our little brother and Charlie Strong is the most overrated and overpaid coach in the country. If you want a real picture of Charlie Strong, look at his record against the spread. He fails to deliver more often than not…just ask the two mid-majors he failed to beat at home last season, or UCONN(whose football program is a disaster) this season.

    4:18 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    good 1 black coach out of all the hires

  30. Manbearpig
    4:18 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    For the Debbie Downers, can you say for a FACT that his offense won’t work here? No, no you can’t. Not until the first season is complete and you have to eat crow. I mean think about what our 2 signature plays have been for the past few years, bubble screens and draw plays on 3rd and long!

  31. Joe
    4:19 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #16 I’m a UK fan uninspired by this OC. And TCU’s D was ranked #18 because of the conference they played in. Big 12 plays no Defense. TTech #’s were inflated last year, not real.

    I believe TT put up ~38 ppg…even at 60% of that here…that’s 22-23 ppg…we averaged, IIRC, ~18 be uninspired if you want to be, I don’t see the problem. Even inflated, his performance here will be better than what we had…

    Add in a stronger Defense, and three healthy, vetrean QB’s and thinks look “good”…Not win the SEC East Good, but “good” 6-7 games per season good…

    Don’t know what you wanted out of a UK hire, we weren’t getting a Saban/Spurrier hire….

  32. Not Nerlens
    4:19 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    21 – Completely agree…..if Charlie Strong has a brain, he will leave UL after next season once they leave the mid-major they are currently in….lil brother will be calling Strong worse things than Kragthorpre if he Strong is dumb enough to stick around long term.

  33. truth
    4:19 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #23: you can’t call yourself a fan if you come to sites like this and just post negative comments about a coach the fanbase needs to be getting behind. Time for debating who the Coach/OC should be is now over.. its now time to give them a fair chance and support this team!

  34. Chris
    4:19 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    So 23 said that TCUs defense was ranked high because they play in a conference that plays no defense.

  35. BillDozer
    4:20 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Reality People…..

    (1) Who did you want to hire?
    (2) If you cannot be excited about the staff and future offense then you are probably pleased and excited very few times in life.
    (3) Would you have preferred we keep Sanders offense?
    (4) All TTU and Brown can do is play the teams on the schedule. Against those teams they racked up, thats all you can ask for.
    (5) The SEC will now have 5 no-huddle spread offenses so we will see how they do this year. TAMU and Ole Miss had a lot of success this season.

  36. Not Nerlens
    4:20 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    23 – You are uninspired by the #2 passing offense in the country….could that be becasue you are a UL fan? Please go back to being a lil bro and throwing up your gang signs….troll.

  37. Heard it here
    4:20 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino to Hilltoppers!! Will beat the cats next year probably

  38. Chris
    4:21 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    37. No

  39. ShelbyCatFan
    4:21 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Yes!! No more HB Draws up the middle on 3rd and medium

  40. luvmesumcats
    4:21 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Dang, so much to look forward to and those Mayans have to go and screw everything up.

  41. reality people
    4:22 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #26 reality. I like Stoops, just don’t think this offense will work vs. Bama/UGA/USC/LSU/Vandy etc. So I can’t be excited about this hire. And Scott and Schlarman (sp?) appear to be homer hires. Would rather have kept Summers. Sorry, just offering my opinion on a site that invites opinions.

  42. Kelly
    4:22 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    For some of the posters that are down on Stoops and Brown and call themselves UK fans… Do us UK fans a favor…go root for another team. I am excited about football again…I watch football to be enteretained. Stoops is a better hire then what I expected and Brown brings a fun offense to watch. How can you be so negative???

    I think everyone is grounded about the state of UK’s football program but what has taken place since Stoops was hired is all positive stuff. I am excited for UK’s future in football…

  43. God
    4:23 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    The killer in me is the killer in You

  44. reality people
    4:24 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    LOL, #37 is that your answer to anybody that doesn’t fall in line with your opinion? Nope I’m a UK fan.

  45. Matt Jones
    4:24 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #41 when did this site start inviting Opinions?

    4:24 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    You guys are forgetting something. Even if he is only a quarter as successful at UK as he was a TTU, with Stoops defense it will still be good enough!! Defense rules in the SEC! We will be fine! Im not saying we will win 10 games every year, but no one is going to want to play us!! And we WILL beat Bobby P and UL 75% of the time!

  47. reality people
    4:26 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    You guys that can’t accept other opinions? Now your saying go root for somebody else? LOL, you were the same people ragging on Joker, his staff and players for 2 years but now the tide has turned and you scold others for doing what you did? LOL

  48. Denny Crums Lettuce
    4:26 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Lets be honest. Herb Crook was the logical hire for UK OC. They missed on this one. #1986

  49. HEY#10
    4:27 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Go root your cards on in the sugar bowl and worry about them!
    And if you really are a UK fan, then go find another team cause WE don’t need you!

  50. God
    4:27 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll send this Smile ovet to you……wake up my Peeps, or should I say drones…..I will bring the clone wars to light…….if Y’all want me too……..Test me again FleshFace

  51. Reality Really
    4:28 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Is it reality to remove the data point that makes your argument look stupid? TTU hung 36 in regulation on a top 20 defense. You don’t get to ignore that because it doesn’t fit in your little “reality.” Neal Brown represents an improvement over our previous offensive staff and their output the previous 3 seasons.

    He put up 41 on an Oklahoma D allowing 22.8 per in 2011. 45 on TAMU, who was allowing 28 per in 2011.

    But no, Neal Brown’s offense, which is ranked in the top 20 nationally, is just smoke and mirrors.

  52. Stoops
    4:28 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink


  53. Ukalum
    4:29 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    2) what happens when uk burns WKU for 70 and petrino struggle his first year. He doesn’t have a QB. His defenses have been very average and he now has to change a run heavy play action offense to his pass heavy offense. Mark my words he will struggle at WKU next year.

  54. mudcreekmark
    4:29 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    All I can say is that we have AIR RAID plus we have someone who knows how to construct a defense. Hell we won alot of games with just an offense with Mumme coaching imagine if he had a defensive coordinator as good as Stoops and company.

  55. Joe
    4:29 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    just don’t think this offense will work vs. Bama/UGA/USC/LSU/Vandy etc,

    I wouldn’t exactly put Vandy into that grouping….so I don’t know that you are right on that front…NOTHING UK has, right now, is going to defeat Bama, UGA, USC, or LSU, so that’s really NOT a valid point is it? that’s like saying, “I don’t think Woodford Co.’s Offense is good enough to take the UK Wildcats.” It’s true, but so what….

    I think we can take Vandy….we’ll just have to recruit/evaluate for several seasons, work hard, and get lucky to take those others. Though to be fair, we played Georgia very close, so it’s not IMPOSSIBLE.

    Lastly, what Offense would you suggest, that would give us a chance against . Bama/UGA/USC/LSU?

  56. reality people
    4:29 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #49 nanny nanny boo boo. Thanks, but I’ll say what I want and root for who I want. Fascist. LOL

  57. The Don
    4:29 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Dont worry about the trolls. Every time they click, they help pay TT’s salary and keep our favorite news source rolling. Thanks Trolls!

  58. Not Nerlens
    4:30 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    41 – Please go back to Tard Nation….also, to counter your point, there isn’t an offensive coordinator on the market that is guaranteed to have success against the best defenses in the country. However, being a pass first coordinator is a great start as you are absolutely NOT going to run on an SEC defense. To be successful against the best SEC defenses, you have to have a great QB and a gimmicky offense.

  59. God
    4:30 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    GOD IZ AN AMERICAN….I hate to be offensive, but more than half of y’all choose to be close-mindes

  60. Jerry
    4:31 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink


  61. Kelly
    4:31 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s be honest… TALENT is what wins!!! The better the talent you have…the more wins you can get. Simple. The hiring of Brown is step in the process of getting better talent to UK. Offensive talent want to play in this kind of offense…having ties to Texas and that part of the country is plus too in getting talent.

  62. reality people
    4:31 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #51 who’s talking 2011? Oklahoma D in 2012 ranked 44th

  63. reality people
    4:32 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #55 Vandy’s D #17 nationally vs. 8 game SEC schedule in 2012

  64. Person
    4:32 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #47 The difference is we waited to see what Joker could do on the field.. You want to fire the coaches before they even get to Lexington? Its called supporting until proven unsupportable!

    If your just not as “excited” about the hires as you could have been, just give it a rest. This is a rebirth period for a painful football season. Let positive fans have their moment.

  65. Not Nerlens
    4:32 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    56 – Thanks for proving our point troll….lil bro needs to stick to your mid-major thug life down in tard-nation.

  66. Ryan D
    4:32 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Last time I checked you have to score to win, this hire does that. You also have to stop other teams from scoring the Stoops hire did that. It looks very promising to me when you bring in a top 10 in both defense and offense

  67. GetTheGoonSquadOuttaHere
    4:33 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #47- Why dont you answer #35’s question? Let us hear the genius opinion from you. Quit bein a D!ldo and lighten up. We could be living last year all over again. We just might have some hope. No one is saying we will win it all but by God we might do more than just sit on our thumbs all game GTFOH

  68. God
    4:33 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    All You Gotta Give To Me Is…….alll Your LOVE

  69. Reply To Professor
    4:33 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #2, Mr Professor…At least Coach Stoops will be judged on the merits of his performance, unlike many of the the arrogant and lazy tenured professors that are walking around campus.

    How about this? Let’s give Stoops tenured status immediately…then regardless of how good or bad he does his job he will be guaranteed to never be fired, just like many of the arrogant and lazy tenured professprs walking around campus.

    If tenure were to be done away with and professors were to be judged on actual performance, like athletics coaches are, there would be a never ending search committee engaged to find qualified professors.

  70. reality people
    4:33 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #55 Consider the time of possession for a spread offense. Even if UK moves the ball thru 3 quarters, the time of possession will be so lopsided their defense will be gassed by the beginning of the 4th q.

  71. I
    4:34 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Say what you want about TT’s stats and rankings and the big 12, ANYTHING will be better than what we just watched in the last 3 years. The offense was awful and could barely get the ball upfield.

  72. “Play hard, play fast, play physical!” I love it!

  73. EC
    4:36 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    42) All these posters who are on Petrino’s bandwagon are Lousyville trolls Their coach is an overpaid, underperforming cheater who wouldn’t be any account if he didn’t have Hurtt lining up hookers and booze to bring talent from south Florida. They are about to be exposed as frauds.yet again, first by Florida in the Sugar Bowl and then by us next year. We got a real coaching staff now and it will make all the difference next year.

  74. reality people
    4:36 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #67 very mature. Didn’t see #35 q’s. No, didn’t want to keep Sanders, but guess what Neal Brown runs a TON of??? Bubble screens and halfback draws. 2 of y’alls favorite plays. I would have preferred the FSU O coordinator.

  75. reality people
    4:37 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #71 I can admit that I suppose.

  76. bosshogg24
    4:38 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome staff, Awesome hires,great future aheadn for Uk football! Get on board or get out of the way, quit causing problems!

  77. slimflannery
    4:39 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that it is 2 weeks before Christmas and we are talking football says something about the hiring of Stoops. UK fans still care about football and want it to succeed. Some people will always be critical and complain while others will be eternal optimists. Both have their opinions. I prefer to be thankful and support the UK teams. In the end, if you have critics, it’s a sure sign that you are attempting something worthwhile that people care about. Thanks Barnhart for a great hire and best wishes
    to Stoops and the new personnel for season ahead. Go CATS!

  78. God
    4:39 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I did what I could……….But Baby…..since I’ve been loving You….2eleven….every night……..since I’ve been loving U I’m about to lose,…lose….my worried……mind…SAID I’VE BEEN CRYING,

  79. procrowe
    4:40 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #43 – what does Smashing Pumpkins have to do with this thread?

  80. Ever heard of the spread?
    4:41 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    @74 You realize he runs the spread? Sanders did all of that out of pro-style offense sets. The spread creates a widening of the defense, which allows for gaps and coverage flaws…geez back away from the computer Gma’s boy and let some people who actually played the sport realize what is going on. Lot of online quarterbacks on here….

  81. reality people
    4:45 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #80 Pro style offense set w/ QB in shotgun throwing bubble screen is NOT markedly different than throwing the bubble in a “spread”. I certainly realize that the huge majority of offensive snaps in the spread is in shotgun, but that bubble screen play is what it is. And you will see it alot. The same play I heard people want to kill Randy Sanders for. LOL

  82. First Line On UK vs. WKU Game 2013
    4:46 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Johnny Short syas UK by 15 bigens!

  83. Air Raid
    4:49 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, doesn’t Texas A&M run a version of the air raid? I think that system worked quite well in the SEC.

  84. Jason
    4:49 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Love. This. Hire.

    Call it “gimmicky”, say it wont work in the SEC. In the end, this is the kind of an offense that UK needs to run. It allows you to make mediocre players look a hell of a lot better, and it will give you another recruiting tool for the offensive players. We’re going to struggle out of the gates to get the kind of defensive recruits Stoops will want, I feel. Why come here if you can go to Bama if you’re a CB? But if you’re a WR? How about the chance to catch 10 balls weekly? If you’re a QB…how about getting to pass, like, every down? 9 out of 10 kids might turn you down still, but if you get 1 out of 10 that weren’t normally coming here, all of a sudden you’ve got something.

    To those who think it “wont work”? Tell that to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Hell, tell that to Bobby Petrino when he was in Arkansas, who ran an extremely pass heavy, spread-type offense. You can spread out the SEC to create mismatches. It may not work to the tune of the 2nd best passing offense in the land and 34 PPG like it does in the Big12, but it’s going to still be a very difficult offense to stop.

  85. Jack
    4:55 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    All the “no defense in the Big 12 and this offense won’t fly in the SEC” are, of course, absolutely, 100% correct. They really know their stuff. Just ask Alabama, Texas A&M, Cliff Kingsbury and Johnny Football. Where did Kingsbury come from, by the way? We’ll see.

  86. hair aid
    4:55 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    At this point, UK has nothing approaching a Tim Couch, and certainly not a Heisman Johnny Football on the roster. Smith isn’t the guy, and Towles could be good, but he’s no Couch/Manziell.

  87. Florida's New Slogan
    4:56 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Risen !

  88. mudcreekmark
    4:57 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I think Stoops realizes what we all know, we will never be able to recruit the kind of offensive lines or backs that can just shove the ball down someones throat. We have to be creative in our play calling to keep the other team guessing and create some space for our play makers.

  89. Han
    4:59 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Depending too on who they recruit, does Whitlow switch positions to a defender or an option WR or something? You have to think an Air Raid offense favors Smith as starter and Towles as a Couch-like QB.

  90. Jason
    4:59 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink


    It’s very impossible to say if Max Smith is or isn’t “the guy”. But he’s looked like a starting caliber QB in much of his time at the helm. If he can stay healthy, of course. But it’s very premature to consider him “not the guy”. He moved the ball exceptionally well in his time in 2012.

  91. Han
    5:00 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    After the hiring of Cal, and with all due respect to Coach Stoops, targeting and landing Brown has to be the biggest hiring coup of my lifetime. Very rarely does UK go out there and get precisely who they want, and to do it in football is very exciting and shows commitment. People can worry all they want about particular aspects of Brown’s offense, but the fact is he is running one of the most successful offenses in the country, and he’s bringing it here.

    Now Stoops will need to begin with a fast, opportunistic defense that understands fundamentals like tackling, eliminates huge holes, and can get off the field on 3rd down. Like the Colts defense in Manning’s Super Bowl year, you need a defense that takes advantage of your offense scoring big and forcing the other team to pass.

    I do hope we bring back some element of the excitement of the Air Raid, though I’d like it if it was new/not the same as with Mumme. Some different siren or something. Also, a blue and white strobe light at either end of the stadium for after scores would be cool.

    Joker was one of our own, but he didn’t get it done. It’s exciting to bring back other people who played here and who want to see a successful program, but have bigger demands for the program and fanbase than Joker. He was too used to mediocrity, I think.

    And somebody get on better fan involvement in the stadium. When I went to games, too often I was the only one in my section standing up and screaming on 3rd Down on defense. And I wasn’t surrounded by blue hairs.

  92. BMFP
    5:01 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares, let’s hear more about WKU and BMFP

  93. hello
    5:01 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #10, I’m on board with you. Well put and ask any TTU fan they will tell you they are glad to see this guy go. He makes terribles calls

  94. Mr Cobble's Sisiter Ms. Cobble
    5:08 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    My aunt Momacita Cobble and uncle Master Cobble came by to visit their little niece, Baby Cobble, this weekend.
    All of the Cobble’s are excited about the new coaching staff.
    Poppy Cobble got so excited, demonstrating a new defensive movehe, and accidentally knocked Granny Cobble to the floor.

  95. Han
    5:11 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    84) Yup. Stoops knows what he’s walking into. He’s played SEC teams like Florida and knows UK doesn’t have the tradition or fertile recruiting group in KY to compete straight up immediately. I believe his plan involves running an exciting offense, offering immediate playing time on D, and attracting in great players. As he improves recruiting here, they can go after more traditional SEC players and build a less-gimmicky team. But that takes time. No coach, not Petrino, not impossibles like Saban or Meyer, would’ve come here and recruited 5 star defensive line players their first year, even with their names. Stoops has a plan to improve steadily and with enthusiasm until this program matters.

    This is a program, that without tons of talent or even a gimmicky offense, won a big game against LSU, and has ended streaks against Bama (back with Air Raid), Georgia, Spurrier, and Tennessee. Yes, those were bright spots and not consistent, and often against down teams, but it can be done. We have been in way too many games over the years for people to pretend we’re no better than a Division 2 team going up against BCS teams.

    Worst case scenario (not counting violations) is Stoops fails and we’re looking again in 4 years. Which is no worse off than we are now (except to the people who said Petrino or nothing and believed he was the only possible salvation for the program).

  96. #2 says
    5:26 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I love lamp!

  97. 8andcounting
    5:43 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Watched TTU play Texas earlier this year, and one thing stood out to me: TTU DOES NOT HAVE GREAT ATHLETES. They had a fast running back, a solid quarterback, and some decent players here and there. That said, BROWN WAS ABLE TO CONSISTENTLY MOVE THE BALL ON A DEFENSE AS CLOSE TO SEC-CALIBER AS YOU CAN FIND with creative play calling that seemed to catch the defense off-guard every time. The Red Raiders ended up losing the game 31-22, but considering the talent differential between the two, Joker could’ve worked his magic for Tech to lose by 50. Ultimately, the one thing that stood out to me from the game, and I’m saying this because I hadn’t thought about it until now that Brown has been hired, was the fact that NEAL BROWN’S PLAYCALLING WAS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. Third and 17, Texas came with an overload blitz, and Brown had called a WR middle screen to the blitzing side. 2nd and 13 after a run for loss and Brown dials up a draw that goes for 15. Can’t wait for next year.

  98. JLivermore
    5:45 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Mumme’s offensive numbers prior to UK were against D2 defenses, yet he had two 4-4 records in the SEC in 4 years with two different QB’s, the only coach to do that since Curci. So to say that Brown can have some success against SEC defenses is premature.

    His offense is very similar to the one Ryan Timmons’ HS runs. Hopefully, this will help us land him.

  99. JLivermore
    5:47 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Correction – “So to say that Brown can have some success against SEC defenses is premature.”

  100. JLivermore
    5:48 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Should be “can’t”

  101. joecrawfordsfoot
    5:52 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    some of you people seem to have forgotten that the air raid was ran here once before, and it worked for the most part. hal mumme took us to a new years bowl game with it, cws was energetic as ever watching it and some of the most beloved players ever to wear the blue/white played in that era. if mumme cared anything at all about defense then who knows where he could of took this program

  102. BBB
    6:15 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    7) We’ve had 60 years of bad football to make us negative..where have you been? Does anyone actually watch other SEC games? The Alabama- Georgia was fun fun fun. Haven’t seen that fun and quality here but once since Tim Couch left. Andre VS LSU.. Very decent football team….. for us.

    I’ll say this…Mitch got the second best coach he could have gotten…..The best one just signed with Western KY. At least we didn’t wind up with Sonny Dykes or Mike McIntyre. That being said….again….and I may say it again in 3-4 years….but I doubt it. It can’t get any lower than where we wound up with Joker. Its sad but Joker became our version of Kragthorpe. We have nowhere to go but UP. Matt would have put the old Barnhart spin on whoever we hired…like we are all stupid….but this hire has fairly sound reasoning on both sides of the ball. Although I can’t see 8-4 or 9-3 coming out of this consistently….it should at least be competitive and worth watching. We are a football school!!!!

  103. Big O
    7:01 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    So much about Couch! Remember, he did a quick drop and pass out to the flat and the yargage came after the catch!!!!!! Everyone saw how good he was when he had to throw the ball down field in the NFL. Next to Ryan Leif, Couch went down as the 2nd biggest bust in the NFL draft! Let’s not get too excited about him again.

  104. Jeff Garlin
    7:58 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink


    Wrong Tim COuch was not a bust. He did lead the Browns to the playoffs. His career was short due to injuries.

  105. jacob
    8:26 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    tim couch would be an nfl legend if he wasnt sent to the browns the browns get good players and kill them its like what kentucky is for coaches to players

  106. Keep rock
    8:30 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    What a bunch of whinny bitches. Why is it that everyone thinks their opinion is right and every one be damned. Looks like all 3 Kentucky schools have done what was best for THEM. Brown was a Great hire and Stoops is looking more and more like a good hire as well. Petrino is a slam dunk for Western. Hiring him was a lot less risk for Western then it would have been for Kentucky looks like the SEC as a whole blackballed Petrino. I hope he gets his career back on track and that would be great for WKU.
    How are so many tring to talk smack about Strong being overrated. Really they are in the BCS and kick our ass last year. Strong could have beaten us by 40 if he had wanted. Grow up people you look like a jealous little kid. The off season has been good to the whole state this year. We all play each other next year so that will settle things on the field. Right now it would have to be 1 UL 2 WKU and a distant 3 UK. Let’s hope Stoops can close the gap.

  107. Keep Rock
    8:55 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    103 Couch sould be able to bring charges against the Browns for attempted Murder. Damn near got my boy killed. I wonder how long he played with that busted shoulder, because when he did get it looked at they said it was a old injury. He was a pleasure to watch at UK and did the school a favor by coming here. Some may not remember just how big a deal he was coming out of high school. I think if Manning would have left early he was UT bound.

  108. Mattcat68
    11:03 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    For those saying Brown’s offense won’t work in the SEC; would you rather watch hand-offs into stacked 8s and failed screen pass after screen pass? At least this guy tries to get the ball in the endzone. Joker and staff’s offense played for field goals and punts. At least it will be exciting to watch. I never understood the conservative offense when UK was down 20-30 points. It’s like the coaches didn’t care at all and I know the players hated it.

    This type of offense will also draw the interest of top recruits. No one wants to play a conservative brand of vanilla offense. No one!