Reports: Neal Brown interviews at Arizona

Published 9:34 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Troy head coach Neal Brown’s name has been thrown around in coaching vacancies since last offseason and multiple reports circulated Monday that he had interviewed for the University of Arizona head coaching position.

Former Wildcat head coach Rich Rodriguez was fired amid allegations of sexual harassment and an affair surfaced on January 3.

Brown was named as a possible coaching candidate for the head coaching position at Arkansas shortly after the season, but it was later reported that he told his assistants he would be back next season.

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WSFA’s Maria Martin reported Monday night that Brown has interviewed for the Arizona head coaching position and is considered one of the school’s top candidates.

Officials with Troy Athletics would not confirm if the reports were accurate.

Brown is not alone as a candidate. Former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is also a name to watch. Many reports have named Sumlin as the top candidate for the position although Yahoo insider Jordan Schultz named Brown a “legit candidate”.

Brown, 37, has been head coach of the Trojans for the last three seasons. In the last two years Brown has led the Trojans to a 21-5 record. The Trojans are 25-13 under Brown overall.

Before being a head coach at Troy, Brown spent time as an offensive coordinator with the Trojans as well as with Kentucky and Texas Tech. He also served as quarterbacks coach and receivers coach from 2006-2009 during his stint as offensive coordinator at Troy.

Other coaches that could get a look for the Arizona position are University of California offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin, former LSU head coach Les Miles and former UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

Rodriguez spent six seasons at Arizona and compiled 45-35 record while leading his team to six bowl appearances and Pac-12 South title.