Could Chad Scott be returning to Kentucky?

Word is not only will Mark Stoops talk to Texas Tech’s Neal Brown about Kentucky’s offensive coordinator position, but he will speak with Texas Tech running backs coach Chad Scott.

Scott played at Kentucky in 2000 and 2001, first for head coach Hal Mumme and then for Guy Morriss. Recruited by Tony Franklin, Scott led UK in rushing with 611 yards in 2000. An ankle injury curtailed his play in 2001, and after a 2-9 season he transferred to North Carolina.

Scott sat out the 2002 season, played for the Heels in 2003 and came into his own in 2004, finishing seventh in the ACC in rushing, averaging 72.4 yards a game. He was on the roster of the both the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005 before returning to North Carolina as a graduate assistant coach in 2006.

In 2007, Franklin brought Scott to Troy, where Franklin was offensive coordinator before leaving for Auburn. (Franklin is now the OC at Louisiana Tech.) Neal Brown was also on the Troy staff. Brown and Scott were former teammates at Kentucky. When Brown left Troy for Texas Tech in 2010, Scott was hired there, as well.

Texas Tech running backs had averaged 84 yards a game in 2009. That figure jumped to 141.3 yards in 2010. Texas Tech ranked 12th nationally in total offense this season — 2nd in pass offense and 86th in rush offense. The latter figure is misleading as the Hal Mumme/Mike Leach/Tony Franklin/Neal Brown offense uses the short passing game as a substitute for a run game.

Scott is a native of Plant City, Fla.


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