Despite rumors, Brown remains at Troy

Published 9:49 pm Monday, December 10, 2018

Despite plenty of Power 5 job opening’s, Troy head coach Neal Brown is still in town.

For the second consecutive season, Brown has been linked to numerous job openings at some of the nation’s top programs.

After leading Troy to its second consecutive 10-win season last year, Brown’s name quickly started to generate interest and it was reported that he was close to landing a job at Arizona before former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was named to the position.

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This season, despite coming up short of earning a conference championship, Brown and the Trojans are once again in position to win 10 games.

Since the regular season ended, Brown has been linked to several Power 5 jobs including Louisville, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech and more recently Kansas State.

In various reports, Brown was one of two or three candidates to replace Bobby Petrino at Louisville.

Last week, it was formally announced that Appalachian head coach Scott Satterfield landed the position with the Cardinals.

Kansas State provided the most recent job opening when longtime head coach Bill Snyder stepped down following his 27th season at the helm.

Three names recently surfaced as possible candidates. Brown, North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman, and Memphis head coach Mike Norvell have all been reported to be in the running.

It was reported on Monday afternoon that Klieman will be named the newest head coach of Kansas State.

After leading the Trojans to a 4-8 record in his first season, Brown has compiled a 30-8 record over the last three seasons. The Trojans are 2-0 in bowl games during the head coach’s tenure.

Apart from winning 20 conference games in the last three seasons, Brown also led the Trojans to big non-conference wins over LSU and Nebraska.

Troy’s success came by way of three strong recruiting classes by Brown and his staff. Brown’s first recruiting class was rated second best in the conference. After his second class was also ranked second in the conference, Troy’s third class under Brown was the highest-rated in school history.

The Trojans will conclude their season when they take on Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile on December 22 beginning at 6 p.m.