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Is Neal Brown a potential candidate for the Louisville job?

Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

If you were on social media yesterday, chances are good you saw the rumors going around about Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino. Even if you didn’t see them, just by looking at the state of their program (2-5 on the year and 0-4 in the ACC) you’d know a coaching change may be necessary sooner rather than later.

But here’s the thing. They really can’t afford to fire Petrino and pay off his $14 million buyout, as they are limited financially. And if they do, they likely wouldn’t be able to break the bank on a hot name on the list of coaching candidates without crippling the school’s financial situation going forward.

If Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra does decide to officially get rid of the last standing member of the Tom Jurich-Rick Pitino-Bobby P scandal triangle, who could they look at?

If you ask Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, one VERY familiar name is on the shortlist.

Thamel believes Louisville would set their focus on three individuals: Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day, and former Kentucky offensive coordinator and current Troy coach Neal Brown. 

Take a look at Thamel’s breakdown:

The athletic department is cash-strapped from scandal and buyouts, but when the hottest coach on the market – Purdue’s Jeff Brohm – is from your school and the city’s most famous football family, you pass the hat and figure it out. Petrino has won 70 percent of his games over his two stints at the school, but it’s hard to see him reviving this program back to that level.

Prediction: Right now, Louisville projects as the highest-profile opening. New athletic director Vince Tyra will figure out a way to find the money, which will be thorny as Petrino’s $14 million has no offset. The good news is that it would cost Louisville “only” $3 million to buy out Brohm from his deal after Dec. 5. Other names here would be Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day and Troy coach Neal Brown.

Could Brown head to the dark side? It’s obvious the former Wildcat will seek out greener pastures in the near future, as he is seen as one of the hottest up-and-coming names in college football. But I still could never get used to seeing Brown in that gaudy red.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Is Neal Brown a potential candidate for the Louisville job?



  1. UKfanman01
    10:14 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Funny how quickly the team shut down the comments for the political post. Only after their party is attacked, which I dont condone, they want to call peace to everyone and denounce all stupidity. Only a year and a half after their party has had a complete tantrum and meltdown.
    With that being said UK needs to fire Gran and put Brown on more salary. Best OC weve had imo



    • trav55
      11:21 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Are you being serious? You know Neal brown would never go BACK to being an offensive coordinator, right? WTH?



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:52 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      Quit telling libs to be more civil to senators in restaurants and then sending bombs in the mail, repooplicans.



    • unbiasedfan
      1:13 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      I’m so glad you added the IMO to the end of your post. Eddie Gran is an excellent OC. He is someone that has been there at the highest championship level.



    • madarchitect
      7:59 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      Political courtesy is difficult as the basis of the political parties in the United States are so vastly different. Education plays a key role.



    • RealCatsFan
      8:52 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      The fact that they had to shut down the comments bears witness to what Matt is so eloquently saying. Unfortunately, the internet and social media is feeding the problem and becoming a tool to divide us. That is exactly what a lot of our elected officials want, because it allows them to continue to point fingers while they laugh all the way to the bank. I think Matt has generally been pretty fair and civil in any political commentary that he does. Attacking him because he has a different political point of view is juvenile and asinine, and plays into what divides us as a nation.



  2. UKinIN
    10:17 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Brown should hold out for his UK opportunity.



    • binarysolo
      11:31 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

      At some point Florida State and Ohio State will come sniffing around for Stoops and we’re not gonna be able to keep them at bay for long. When that time comes, I sure hope Neal Brown is on Mitch’s short list.



    • zoupman
      7:00 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      If Fl St or Oh St come calling, simply tell them to watch the last 10 quarters of our offense. They will throw up and say, never mind.



  3. davis2319
    11:37 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Louisville will go all in for Brohm no question. Brown may get a phone call but it will just be due diligence on UofL’s part to gauge interest in case Brohm were to say no.



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:52 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      UofL already thinks theyve got him.



    • henderblue
      7:36 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      I think davis2319 is on the right track. If course they will want Brohm.



  4. Swizzle
    12:27 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

    Find a qb and win 10, Neil may be the coach at UK next year



  5. UKfanman01
    5:21 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

    Mark Stoops wont leave. UK will be able to match anything hes offered. Besides Meyer and Saban arent going anywhere. Hes put too much time and effort into a program hes built. Hes been able to keep staff here and leaving for teams like Michigan.



  6. Alleykat16
    12:11 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

    To think Jeff brohm couldn’t revive that team is crazy our program was very bad under Phillips and it took a few years but Stoops has this program as one of the best in a very long time. All they would have to do is give him time as Stoops was given. I can’t believe I’m say good things for the Louisville program. But I don’t think they can afford to let petrino go and hire brohm all in one year



  7. CKTermy23
    12:38 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

    Jeff Brohm would be their best bet but as much as Jeff would want the job he has a great gig at the moment at Purdue and giving that up for a head coaching gig at UofL that has an enormous amount of baggage that comes with it isnt worth it. No way Neal Brown takes the UofL job so that leaves Day if they strike out there then they go to list B whom ever would be on that list. They probably will just stick it out with Patrino unless he resigns to take another gig maybe an OC job on the NFL.