Neal Brown is not on his way to the SEC East.
Monday afternoon multiple media members reported the West Virginia head coach and former Kentucky offensive coordinator was a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at South Carolina. Less than 24 hours later, he addressed the matter at his weekly press conference.
“I’m not a candidate there. I really don’t go about addressing every rumor or everything like that that’s out there because I think you’ll spin yourself in a web because I don’t think there’s anyway to keep up. It’s pretty simple: I’m not a candidate there,” he said.
“I guess it’s good because it means people are paying attention, thinking we’re doing something right. I guess it’s positive from that matter,” he said. “Several people told me that yesterday. I haven’t been real active on social media other than promoting my wife on whatever Instagram Live is. I’m trying to figure out what that is.”
A sigh of relief can be heard throughout Appalachia.
Not only are West Virginia fans pleased to see their coach will remain in Morgantown in the midst of a 5-3 season, the Big Blue Nation is happy that there’s still a chance the prodigal son could one day return home. Brown would still make the move to UK from West Virginia, but would he hop from one SEC East school to another? Doubtful. It also keeps Brown from playing Kentucky regularly, with South Carolina success serving as a constant reminder of what the Wildcats could have on the sidelines.