(Photo by WVU Athletics)
Yesterday, the West Virginia Mountaineers ended a disappointing 2022 campaign with a 24-19 win over Oklahoma State. This was the program’s first victory over the Cowboys since 2014, and marked Neal Brown’s first victory over Mike Gundy.
Though some have taken a moment to let the victory sink in and even change their perspective on Neal Brown, others have remained negative. Honestly, the majority of Mountaineer fans still seem to want Brown relieved of his duties.
Here are some of the fan reactions on Twitter following WVU’s performance on Saturday:
I personally would enjoy if West Virginia fired Neal Brown and hired a new coach
— #RIPBandz (@thatboydhill) November 27, 2022
Neal Brown isn’t coming back just because Spencer Sanders was injured and couldn’t play. He’s gone after another losing season. 4 years of garbage. No AD in their right mind would keep this guy around. Just my opinion because nobody knows until the new AD is hired, but c’mon ppl.
— Ben Booth (@TheBenBoothShow) November 26, 2022
Neal Brown is still the head coach. Tf WVU
— #Retire5 (@wbgv1863) November 27, 2022
Another C- Season from Neal Brown
— WVU Extremist (@WVUExtremist) November 26, 2022
Winning is always better than losing. Now it’s wait see what Neal Brown’s fate will be.
— Jonathan Nottingham (@wvnottingham) November 26, 2022
While this is certainly understandable considering Brown has a 22-25 record over four seasons, we need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture here.
The Mountaineers pulled off the win yesterday, yes, but it’s how they did it that was so impressive. They did it with several YOUNG players, and showed a lot of fight for their head coach.
There were some fans that recognized this as well, including me:
Neal Brown and GG next year pic.twitter.com/4jt7jdJHrh
— FEDICAL ➐ (@fedical) November 26, 2022
Neal Brown just coached himself into another year. #TrustTheClimb
— Masahiro (@TanakaTuesday) November 26, 2022
Give Neal one more year
— Clark Johnson (@_jamesclark3_) November 26, 2022
There’s no telling where Gordon Gee and the university are at right now. They will obviously allow the new athletic director to make the decision, but it’s hard envisioning WVU attracting a coach suitable to replace Brown.
We are in for an interesting week as Mountaineer fans, no matter which side you are on.