I’m Ron Burgundy?
Reports abound today confirming that Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown is coming to Kentucky to assume the same position for a bunch of money, bringing his wide receivers and running backs coaches with him. I’m excited to get all three, but more intrigued with the idea that Mark Stoops/Mitch Barnhart is actually putting together a staff to address, you know, football stuff on the football team, as opposed to some folks who were less than proven (Mike Archer excepted, sort of) to assume similar positions. These guys, along with new defensive coordinator DJ Eliot bring things to the table that Kentucky has not had on said table before: youth, significant responsibility and associations with winning programs on the BCS level, and recognized recruiting acumen. I’m, like, excited about the possibilities of having a football team that is good at football and stuff.
This could all blow up in our collective faces, of course. But I can’t remember a time in my memory where I was more jacked up about the football program’s coaching staff. I loved Papaw Brooks, make no mistake, but I think even he would be jealous of the potential this group has once they’ve had time to do their work, i.e. coach a few seasons and get the players they think they need to be successful.
This is pretty much unheard of in Lexington. Leadership appears to be putting the football team in the best place it can to succeed. What? That’s not a sentence I think I’ve ever written about Kentucky before. I sure hope it works. Go Cats.