Brown: “Look Forward to Proving Everyone Wrong”

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown discussed the Mountaineers during Big 12 Media Days today.  

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Neal Brown met with the media today during Big 12 Media Days and virtually every person he spoke to asked the very same question: “How do you feel about being on the hot seat and being picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference?”

Brown provided clear reasons why he believes that his team will be successful this season: “We have an offensive line that has 132 career starts, which is one of the best in the nation. We have a budding star in CJ Donaldson at running back. We’re very confident in our quarterbacks. Defensively, we have all-league players at all levels; Sean Martin will be an all-league player on the defensive line. Lee Kpogba is one of the leading returning tacklers and I think he’ll be an all-league player. And Aubrey Burks is one of the best safeties, if not the best safety in the league.”

Brown went on to say, “Good news is the media hasn’t been good at picking the conference champion. I firmly believe we’ll be better and that we’ll win this season. We will not finish last in our conference. There was already a chip on our shoulder. This just increases the size of the chip.”

Brown also revealed that he will return to calling plays for the upcoming season: “Really in a pivotal year, you fall back to your strengths,” he said.

With that said, Neal Brown appears to be very confident and optimistic heading into the 2023 season. With his job on the line, Brown has put together a team that he feels will be competitive in the Big 12 Conference in Year 5.