Only days after it was announced that Dana Holgorsen would be leaving WVU for the same position at the University of Houston WVUWire has learned that West Virginia AD Shane Lyons has already tentatively secured Holgorsen’s replacement.
We are told that Neal Brown, currently the head coach at Troy, is tentatively slated to be the next head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Brown has met with Lyons on two separate occasions over the last 3 days and has toured the campus.
Brown (38) has Big 12 ties that go back to 2010-2012 when he was the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech. Yes, the Texas Tech that beat the, then #5 ranked, Mountaineers 49-14. Brown called the offense for the Red Raiders that season. Texas Tech was consistently ranked in the top 40 in the nation during Brown’s tenure as OC at Texas Tech.
Brown became the head coach at Troy in 2015 racking up a 35-16 record including three straight bowl wins. Troy is 31-8 over the last three seasons under Brown.
While Brown comes from an offensive background it was his defense that led games this past season ranking 28th rationally in total defense giving up an average of 345.6 yards per game. Troy also average just over 30 points per game while only giving up 22.
If Lyons is able to finalize the deal with Brown by the end of this week expect the new coach to quickly name his staff and get on the recruiting training in hopes of salvaging the Mountaineers 2019 recruiting class that was left fairly bare after the early signing period under Holgorsen.
It should be noted that WVUWire has learned this process, although seemingly to happen quickly, has been in the works for three weeks now. Once negotiations broke down between Holgorsen and WVU on a contract renegotiation Lyons went to work. The more we learn the more it seems as though this entire process was set into motion weeks ago.
It is still unknown the terms of the agreement between Brown and WVU. However, we are told that the contract is being finalized today. It is being reported also that Brown’s buyout is only $300,000 which can be cut in half if WVU schedules a future home-and-home series with the Trojans. We have also learned that the deal could be for a long as 6 years.
This story was first reported by Pete Thamel at Yahoo Sports. You can read his report here.
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