Brohm Watch: 2018 has captivated the city of Louisville.
Once perceived by many as inevitable, early week reports indicate it’s not yet a done deal. That may have changed during this afternoon’s reported meeting between Vince Tyra and Jeff Brohm. While UofL fans await the fallout, they’re weighing potential backup plans.
Of the many names floating around town, none strike a chord quite like Neal Brown. The Troy head coach has compiled a 38-16 record over the last four years, including a pair of 10-win seasons and victories over Top 25 LSU in 2017 and at Nebraska in 2018. Brown’s resume is impeccable, but his Kentucky past is a sticking point for many Louisville fans.
The Danville native played wide receiver at Kentucky before he called Mark Stoops’ offense in 2013 and 2014. As the Cats prepared to play in his second spring game as offensive coordinator, Brown shared his recruiting pitch with the media.
“When I first get on the phone (with a recruit) or when a kid first comes here and I’m having my first conversation, that 51,000 at the spring game is one of the first things I talk about,” Brown said. “I’m talking about, ‘Hey, our fan base is one of the best, if not the best in college sports,’ because there’s no NBA team, there’s no Major League Baseball team, there’s no NFL team. So UK athletics is it.
“The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.”
Vince Tyra played baseball at the University of Kentucky. Rick Pitino coached Kentucky to a National Championship in 1996. They accepted each with open arms, but this rivalry talk makes him unqualified? It’s illogical, but I will not be mad if it prevents one of the Big Blue Nation’s finest from crossing over to the dark side.