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Neal Brown rumored to become next West Virginia head coach

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In his first three seasons, Troy head coach Neal Brown has managed 31 victories, three 10-win seasons, three bowl wins, and two victories over Power-Five schools.

And now, it’s looking like the former Kentucky receiver and offensive coordinator will be making the move to West Virginia.

Yesterday morning, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported current Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen was expected to become the next head coach at Houston on a five-year, $20-million deal.

Today, Holgorsen is officially in Houston, where the deal is expected to become official this afternoon.

With Holgorsen headed to Houston, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons will “act quickly” in hiring the school’s next head coach, with Brown expected to be “at or near the top of his list.” also added that Brown, along with Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell are “strong candidates.”

According to DubVNation, however, West Virginia is “locked in” on the Danville, KY native.

When we asked (our source) if there seems to be serious, mutual interest between the two sides they replied, “I can’t comment on Brown’s end, he’s a Kentucky man and it appears the southeast and Troy suits his family but at least on the Mountaineers end I would say they’re locked in.”

Yesterday evening, one of the most reliable anonymous West Virginia sources on the web reported Brown will be announced as the next head coach at West Virginia “no later” than this afternoon.

Obviously there is nothing official as of yet, but it appears one of the hottest names in all of college football will be off the board sooner rather than later.

And it’ll likely be at a big-name school known for having a high-powered offense, right up Brown’s alley.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for Neal Brown rumored to become next West Virginia head coach

  1. Bill Selfs Hair Piece
    1:53 pm January 2, 2019 Permalink

    I’m glad about this for a few reason.
    1. This would be a great fit for coach Brown and his offensive schemes.
    2. It gives him a chance to see how he handles coaching a power 5 team.
    3. If Stoops were to leave in the next few years, and Brown is doing well, we could hire him away. Whereas at a bigger program it would be difficult. Would love to see Brown back at UK if Stoops were to leave soon.

    • SuperTroy18
      2:31 pm January 2, 2019 Permalink


    • Catlogic15
      3:16 pm January 2, 2019 Permalink

      Also, a chance to gauge his Power 5 recruiting skills. High hill to climb to match Stoops.

  2. Miller45
    5:27 pm January 2, 2019 Permalink

    Good for him, hes definitely climbed the ladder

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    5:32 pm January 2, 2019 Permalink

    Brown is going places. Good coach.

  4. zoupman
    9:15 pm January 2, 2019 Permalink

    Lou made a mistake not going after Brown. I’m glad they didn’t. I agree with Hairpiece, at this time I would say he would be favorite for Cats if Coach Stoops was to leave. Don’t really see him leaving, unless Ohio State job opens up. Kentucky is a destination job.