Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

West Virginia Has Reportedly Found Its Next Head Coach

West Virginia Has Reportedly Found Its Next Head Coach

Yahoo Sports is reporting that a deal is underway to make Troy University's Neal Brown the next West Virginia University head football coach.

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.

The move comes only two days after former Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen was officially hired at Houston. After going 4-8 in his first season, the Trojans are 31-8 the past three seasons combined and won three bowl games.

But West Virginia surely had some idea Holgorsen would look to leave, as his buyout dropped a lot at the dawn of the new year, and the move to hire Brown may have been on its way to being ordained before (perhaps well before) Holgorsen's departure was official.

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The 38-year-old Brown is one of six FBS coaches with 10 victories in each of the past three seasons. Brown's teams also picked up major nonconference road wins against both LSU in 2017 and Nebraska this past season.

Holgorsen, who was 61-41 during his eight-year stay in Morgantown, posted an 8-4 mark in 2018.

Brown grew up in Danville, Ky., which is about 150 miles from the West Virginia state line. From 2006-10, Troy won at least a share of five consecutive Sun Belt titles.

So how good is the Troy job?

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