Brown, Wilson at top of list for Troy University

Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 29, 2014

University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is reportedly among a short list of finalists to be considered for the head coaching position at Troy University, filling the void Larry Blakeney will leave after the Trojans’ final game Saturday, according to a report by

Brown, 34, who is in his second year with the Wildcats, previously coached at Troy from 2006-2009, serving as a wide receivers and quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. In his last year serving as offensive coordinator at Troy, the Trojans were ranked third nationally in total offense.

In a video posted Wednesday, the site’s founder, Scott Roussel, who often breaks news regarding coaching changes, said Brown was a top candidate and also mentioned LSU assistant Frank Wilson as a possibility.

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Brown, the Danville, Ky., native, has been rumored as a candidate since Blakeney announced his retirement in October.

Among the other names mentioned by Roussel on Wednesday are Virginia Tech assistant Shane Beamer, Cincinnati assistant Eddie Gran and Ole Miss assistant Matt Luke.

Before joining Kentucky in 2013, Brown served as offensive coordinator at Texas Tech from 2010-2012. He led the Red Raiders to three-straight top-15 offenses in his three years there.

In his video, Roussel mentioned that Troy University has already interviewed several candidates. And sources close to the Kentucky football program confirmed Brown did so as well.

Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell initially set a Dec. 15 deadline for an announcement, but sources close to the team now believe an announcement can be made as soon as Monday.