Neal Brown was a 20-something assistant during much of Troy's most successful run at the major college level.

Now, the Trojans' 34-year-old head coach is trying to get them back to that kind of success.

Brown said Monday at his introductory news conference that the Trojans have "got to get back to playing with that edge that got us five conference championships and three bowl games."

The former Texas Tech and Kentucky offensive coordinator received a four-year deal worth $660,000 annually — with a rollover for a fifth year.

Brown replaces Larry Blakeney, who retired after 24 seasons. Blakeney hired him in 2006 and two years later made him the youngest offensive coordinator in Football Bowl Subdivision.

Now, Brown is major college football's second youngest head coach.