It appears that a new name is picking up steam in the hunt for the Head Football Coaching job at Arkansas State.
Coaching Search.com reported Monday morning that current Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown has been interviewed already by Arkansas State athletic department officials. We have not been able to confirm this at this point.
Brown, who is just 31 years of age, is in his second year as OC at Tech and spent four years in the Sun Belt Conference prior to that, two as offensive coordinator and quarterback for Troy.
Brown, one of the bright young minds in college football, begins his second season as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech University.
In his first year at Texas Tech and in the rugged Big 12 Conference, Brown produced one of the best offensive units in the league. His 2010 squad finished fourth in the conference in total offense (460.2 yards-per-game) and fourth in scoring at 33.1 points-per-game. Most impressively, Brown inherited a team that finished last in the league in rushing offense in 2009 (84.0 yards-per-game) and increased that total by an average of 57 yards-per-game and the Red Raiders finished in ninth in 2010 (141.3 yards-per-game).
Under his guidance, quarterback Taylor Potts threw for 3,726 yards and finished third in the league in passing (286.6 yards-per-game), third in touchdown passes (35), fourth in total offense (286.9 yards-per-game) and fifth in passing efficiency (141.1). Potts was named the offensive MVP of the TicketCity Bowl and was named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week on Oct. 15.
Wideout Lyle Leong also benefitted under Brown's system as he hauled in 19 touchdown passes which was the second most in the country. Leong compiled 926 yards passing and that mark ranked sixth in the Big 12.
Brown, 30, came to Texas Tech from Troy University (Troy, Ala./Sun Belt Conference) in 2010 where he spent four seasons with the Trojans, including the last two as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. During his tenure at Troy, the Trojans won four consecutive conference titles and earned three bowl invitations.
Despite being the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS, Brown's impact on the Trojan offense was impressive as his unit ended the 2009 season ranked third nationally in total offense (485.6 yards-per-game) fourth in passing (336.5 yards-per-game) and 16th in scoring (33.69 points-per-game). The Trojan offense dominated the Sun Belt Conference as they led the league in scoring, total offense, passing, pass efficiency and first downs.
In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2008, the Trojans' fast-paced no huddle offense set 10 school records, including the most total yards in a season, most first downs in a season, most total yards in a game, most first downs in a game, and most pass completions in a game. In his first season as offensive coordinator, Brown led the Trojans to a national ranking of 26 in total offense with 421.42 yards-per-game. He also led the Trojans rushing attack to a 36th-place national ranking, while the passing game came in at 32. The Trojans were the 23rd-highest scoring team in the country in 2008, averaging 33.25 points-per-game under Brown's leadership. In addition, Troy ranked in the top three of every major offensive category in the Sun Belt during the 2008 season.
As the offensive coordinator, Troy won two outright conference championships and played in two bowl games. He also tutored the 2009 Sun Belt Player of the Year in quarterback Levin Brown. Brown was second in total offense and sixth in passing while setting numerous school records.
The more we read about Brown, the more sense it makes. Stay tuned to AStateNation.com for the most up to date coverage of the coaching search at Arkansas State.