Troy offensive wizard hired

LUBBOCK, Texas -- New Texas Tech Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville has chosen Neal Brown of Troy to be his offensive coordinator.

Troy spokesman Ricky Hazel said Tuesday that the 29-year-old Brown, whose Trojans had the nation's third-best offense last season, will take over play-calling at Texas Tech.

Brown succeeds fired coach Mike Leach, who was the pass-heavy offensive coordinator until his dismissal last month amid allegations he mistreated a player who had a concussion. Leach denies the claims.

Brown, who just finished his fourth season at the Alabama school, had the Trojans averaging 485.7 yards of total offense per game.

Brown was a wide receiver at Kentucky and Massachusetts.