Brown leaving Kentucky?

The first order of business for Kentucky in the off-season may be replacing its offensive coordinator.

The Wildcats' second-year offensive coordinator, Neal Brown, is expected to be named the new head coach at Troy University as early as Monday.

Brown declined to comment on the situation following Kentucky's season-ending 44-40 loss in Louisville. However, he also refused to deny the rumor which began circulating on the internet last week and was published by FootballScoop.com on Saturday. "I think it's a little too early for that," he said.

Brown, a former UK player under "Air Raid" architect Hal Mumme, came back to his alma mater when Mark Stoops was hired as head coach in December of 2012. The Cats made significant offensive improvement in their time under Brown, moving from dead last prior to his arrival to No. 9 in the SEC in total offense (389.5 yards per game) this season. UK averaged only 17.9 points per game in 2012, but posted 28.2 this year.

The 34-year-old Kentucky native was a receivers coach and offensive coordinator at Troy from 2006-09.

Several names have already surfaced as potential replacement candidates, including Miami (Fla.) offensive coordinator James Coley, who worked with Stoops at Florida State, East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, and Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher, another former Mumme disciple at UK during the Tim Couch era.

East Carolina had the No. 3 total offense unit in the nation (543.8 yards per game) this season. Cincinnati was No. 23 (473.8) and Miami was No. 49 (431.9). At the FCS level, Hatcher's Racers averaged 471.6 yards of total offense and 347.8 through the air.

Stay tuned to AllWildcats.com for updates on the developing situation.


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