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.
Dana Holgorsen is going to Houston. #WVU will have some pretty intriguing options (Neal Brown, Rich Rod and Butch Jones among them) .. My analysis of how the Mountaineers coaching search shapes up: https://t.co/kaqEIYg1Ut
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019
Today, Holgorsen is officially in Houston, where the deal is expected to become official this afternoon.
Can report that Dana Holgorsen is now in Houston. Would expect an announcement from UH before too long.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 2, 2019
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.”
FootballScoop.com 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.
From everything I’ve heard, Neal Brown will in fact be the next HC at WVU. Expect an official announcement no later than tomorrow afternoon. #HailWV
— WVU (@StrictlyWVU) January 1, 2019
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.