Tuberville hires Neal Brown as Tech’s new offensive coordinator

New Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has made his first hire, adding Troy offensive coordinator Neal Brown in the same position for the Red Raiders.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that Brown, 29, has been hired to join Tuberville’s staff.

Brown has been the youngest offensive coordinator in the nation the past two seasons with the Trojans. He will inherit many weapons with the Red Raiders, including quarterbacks Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield, who helped direct Tech to a 9-4 season in 2009.

Brown, a wide receiver at Kentucky and Massachusetts during his college career, has been an offensive wizard in his short coaching career.

The Trojans ranked third nationally in total offense in 2009, averaging 485.7 yards per game, including fourth in passing (336.5) and 16th in scoring average (33.7 points per game). They finished 9-4, losing a 44-41 overtime game to Central Michigan in the GMAC Bowl.

Troy scored 40 or more points in seven of its last eight games of the 2009 season. And the Trojans finished with a bang, averaging 578.7 yards and 7.5 yards per play over their final three games.

It’s an interesting hire by Tuberville. And one that proves he isn’t paying lip service to his stated aim of trying to build a high-powered aerial attack for his new program.