Brown Said To Be WVU’s Next Coach
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The search for West Virginia’s next head football coach seems to be moving towards a conclusion.
Sources within the University indicate that WVU director of athletics Shane Lyons would like to name a replacement for Houston-bound Dana Holgorsen before the weekend is over, maybe as soon as today.
Lyons has reportedly interviewed three candidates – WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Troy head coach Neal Brown.
While coaching searches can turn in short order, multiple sources are reporting that Brown’s hiring by WVU is imminent. West Virginia University has not yet made an official announcement, but at this point, it appears Brown is almost certainly going to soon be named the Mountaineers’ 34th head football coach.
In his four seasons as the head coach at Troy, Brown amassed a 35-16 record, including three straight years with 10 or more wins. Each of those three recent seasons also ended with a bowl victory. Last month Brown was one of the lead candidates to fill head coaching openings at Kansas State, Louisville and Texas Tech, but each school ultimately hired a different coach. Thus Brown is still available to be WVU’s next head coach, if things continue to move in the current direction.
His salary this past year at Troy was $850,000 per year, and he figures to get a hefty raise if he leaves the Sunbelt Conference school for West Virginia. Holgorsen was paid $3.6 million this past year by WVU in the third year of a five-year contract that would have eventually paid $4 million at its conclusion of 2021. By leaving West Virginia before his contract it is complete, Holgorsen will owe WVU a $1 million buyout.