Most Kentuckians are wise enough to never wear Tennessee orange, a color that’s best described as “puke inside of a pumpkin” orange. Neal Brown is one of those wise Kentuckians.
Yahoo’s Pat Forde reports the Danville native is not a candidate to be the Vols’ next head coach. Brown, a former Wildcat wide receiver and offensive coordinator, just finished his second season at West Virginia with a win over Army in the Liberty Bowl.
Tennessee’s decision to terminate Jeremy Pruitt’s contract for cause came late in the coaching carousel, so late that most of the names typically appearing on short lists will never consider filling the vacancy. Brown is one of them. Pete Thamel included SMU’s Sonny Dykes, Louisville’s Scott Satterfield, Buffalo’s Lance Leipold and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliot in his list of candidates. Bruce Feldman noted the latter’s name has come up most often in discussions with people close to the program.
New Tennessee athletic Danny White will be the one making the final decision in this hire. Hopefully he ends up taking a trip to Louisville to see if Scott will bring his Tots to the Volunteer State.