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Here we have the very first coaching carousel item of the season: Kentucky reportedly has a candidate.
Update: A report to the contrary.
We've been joking (but not really joking) for a while now that Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville's long been plotting to use the Kentucky job as a way back into the SEC. But maybe we had the wrong Red Raiders guy all along:
Larry Vaught reporting that "preliminary contact" made between UK and Texas Tech OC Neal Brown's agent— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 6, 2012
Brown, previously a receivers coach at Troy and Delaware, has maintained Tech's recent tradition of putting up billions of points, with a Top 15 offense in all two-and-a-half of his years so far. He's extremely young, entering the season at age 31, but has ties to the school, hailing from Danville and earning SEC All-Academic Team honors while playing wide receiver for the Cats before transferring to UMass.
With LA Tech coach Sonny Dykes and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also reportedly in the running, we could already have a very good idea of what Kentucky's looking for. Brown and Dykes are Air Raid men, while Koetter's incorporated a lot of Air Raid principles into his hybrid offense.
Perhaps the Cats have remembered their success under Hal Mumme and Mike Leach (and seen the success enjoyed by Texas A&M) and realized they'll never be able to compete for very long in the SEC (or win over fans) without playing especially aggressive football.
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