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Mark Stoops says goodbye to Neal Brown


A quote from Mark Stoops on the departure of his offensive coordinator:

“I am very happy for Neal to earn a head coaching job and believe Troy has made an outstanding hire. Congratulations to Neal and his family and I appreciate his hard work at Kentucky.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for Mark Stoops says goodbye to Neal Brown

  1. Tej
    4:21 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    Good luck to Neal Brown. When UK reached out to him 2 years ago, he responded and joined the program. He will have success at Troy.
    Let’s hope Coach Stoops replaces him quickly with an OC who plays exciting, winning football.

  2. Saul T. Nuts
    4:26 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    Good luck Neal…kick some a$$ at Troy.

  3. dinse4par2
    4:34 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    A little short but at least it wasn’t “Don’t let the door hit you, where the good Lord split you”.

  4. hal9944
    4:49 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    Bring back tee martin!

  5. Time Expired
    5:26 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    Who is coming in will be the question of the year now for the CATS

  6. Ken Grizzle
    5:39 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    Best of luck at Troy Neal.

  7. cats42301
    5:49 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    No disrespect towards Neal the person but I believe he came to realize he was in over his head trying to be an OC in the SEC at this point in his career. Against Miami, OH UL-Monroe he was an offensive genius, against better competition in the SEC teams and teams like Louisville he was lost. There was not one SEC game were the offense looked in sync, most of the time my grandma in section 223 knew what play was coming. I wish him well at Troy.

    • msnthrop
      5:55 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

      Or Brown had a 1 year contract at 550k left at UK and was offered a 5 year deal at 700k per by Troy…the best Barnhart might have been able to give him was another 3 at 600k so…maybe your right but it would make more sense to assume that he simply acted in his own self interest and took the best deal on the table

    • cats paw
      7:29 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

      But if Petrino would have come here, turned the program around and then left for more money he would be labeled the ultimate scum??

    • cracka
      8:25 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

      Petrino is already labeled the ultimate scum and it’s not going away no matter what he does or where he goes

  8. Casper
    7:35 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    who, what, where is Troy? are they D 1, 2, or 3?
    does Helen still live there? is she as cute as Kate Upton?

  9. Tej
    7:38 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think Neal Brown was “over his head” in the SEC games. He coached against some pretty good teams in the Big 12 and was successful. Rather, I believe he came into a situation last year with a lot of deficiencies on the offensive side of the ball. This year, the offensive line was an issue, Patrick Towles was inconsistent, and sometimes receivers just didn’t run routes like they were supposed to. When you run plays that have been successful before and they happen not to work in a situation, coaches are criticized as being predictable. Neal Brown had chances to take some OC positions last year and now he’s a HC. Other programs think he’s a solid coach.

  10. Smyrna_Cat
    7:52 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

    Any guesses on the next OC?