Neal Brown is the “Top Candidate” if This School’s Head Coach Leaves

Morgantown, West Virginia – There has already been considerable coaching moves in college football and many more are expected during the offseason.

Current Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is now a top candidate to replace Lincoln Riley as the next head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.  A member of the Oklahoma media referred to Mark Stoops as the “perfect candidate for the Oklahoma job” and 247 Sports said this evening that Stoops is “not only an easy hire but also the perfect candidate to replace Lincoln Riley.”

If Stoops does in fact leave to go to Oklahoma or elsewhere, Neal Brown would be the “1st, 2nd and 3rd choice at Kentucky (to replace Stoops)”, according to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.  

It’s important to note that whether Brown leaves now or in the future, Kentucky is his ideal final destination.  And Brown would certainly consider Kentucky if the position becomes available, even in the middle of building the West Virginia football program.

Kentucky plays in the SEC, the undisputed best conference in college football, has donor money galore, he’s played there, he’s coached there, he was born there, Kentucky is his home.  

Although Brown has a large buyout at West Virginia University, Kentucky is certainly capable of paying it if they want him badly enough, and it appears that they would if Mark Stoops leaves.

Stay tuned!  The next couple of weeks are going to be interesting!