UK Football: Future still bright, even after end-of-year losses

It hasn’t been a stellar week for Kentucky football.

On Saturday, UK lost to in-state rival Louisville, 44-40. The loss put the Cats at 5-7 on the season, on the outside of the bowl picture, even after winning five of their first six games. The once-promising start to the season ended in heartbreak.

On Monday, former UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown was announced as the head coach at Troy, where he was offensive coordinator from 2006-09. He is the second-youngest head coach in the college football bowl subdivision. The 34-year-old coach is one of the most promising young minds in college football.

Now, UK head coach Mark Stoops has to replace his offensive coordinator and revamp a roster that will lose 19 seniors. A once-promising team with a promising coaching staff fell apart at the end of the year, losing six straight games and an offensive mastermind.

But Stoops has been here before. He replaced his special teams coach after just one season. He will find an offensive coordinator that fits the system UK has in place. The Cats have talented running backs, quarterbacks and receivers – making this job an enticing one for any offensive coordinator looking for a new spot.

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