Which school wants to interview Neal Brown?

For Neal Brown, it is Southern Miss or Arkansas State? Or both.

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops is very interested in Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown, but the former UK wide receiver may be in the hunt for at least one head coaching job.

Footballscoop.com reports that, “Sources tell us that Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown has been offered the same position at Kentucky; but plans to interview for a head coaching vacancy in the south later this week before making his decision.”

Most believe that is Southern Miss, which fired Ellis Johnson after one season. Meanwhile, Arkansas State just lost head coach Gus Malzahn, and there is speculation that ASU would like to speak to Brown, as well. Florida State assistant James Coley, rumored earlier to be a possibility for Stoops’ staff at UK, may also get a look from Arkansas State.

One more note: Texas Tech running backs coach Chad Scott, who is also thought to be on Stoops’ list, is married to former UK women’s basketball player Shambrica Jones.


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  1. operationruse says:


    You think this head coaching stuff is legit? Isn’t Brown awfully young to be a head coach (even at Arkansas State)? Moreover, the last two arkansas state coaches are now head coaches at SEC schools. Their expectations are probably unreasonably high. Also, I am not sure I would want to walk into that Southern Miss job. They won a bunch of games Fedora’s last year and then go 0-12 with a long time assistant with plenty of experience. Makes you wonder what the heck happened. Most importantly, I question whether Brown has enought contacts (which come from experience) to hire a good staff, which is proably the key to success as a head coach.

  2. John Clay says:

    I think Southern Miss’ interest is probably legit, and I don’t blame Neal for talking to them, if that’s the case here. It’s flattering for one thing, and it will look good on his resume — a 32-year-old coach getting a job interview for a head coaching spot at a C-USA school. But you make a good point about Brown needing more contacts to hire a good staff.