West Virginia Has Reportedly Found Its Next Head Coach

Neal Brown

Neal Brown

Like Holgorsen, Brown comes from Air Raid roots in his coaching tree, but his teams at Troy were not of the Air Raid variety. Details of the contract is still being worked out, but it appears the former University of Kentucky assistant will receive a six-year deal.

Brown would replace Dana Holgorsen, who jumped to the University of Houston after 10 seasons with the Mountaineers. Please welcome Neal, his wife, Brooke, and their children, Adalyn, Anslee and Dax, to West Virginia!

Brown took over for longtime Troy head coach Larry Blakeney in 2014 after Blakeney led the team to a 3-9 record the year before.

But before Brown left for West Virginia, he gave an emotional goodbye to the school during halftime of the Trojans' basketball game against Appalachian State. In 2017, Troy went to No. 25 LSU and won 24-21, manhandling the Tigers physically. After going 4-8 in his first season, the Trojans are 31-8 the past three seasons combined and won three bowl games.

According to a Yahoo report, Brown met with WVU officials twice this week and reminded some of a young Dabo Swinney, who was 39 when he took over at Clemson.

West Virginia is coming off an 8-4 season, which included a blowout loss to Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl. Among current Trojans staffers, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has head coaching experience, having held the Wyoming job from 2000-02.

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