WVU President E. Gordon Gee spoke publicly about the future of Neal Brown for the first time.
Morgantown, WV – Mountaineer Head Football Coach Neal Brown is heading into the 2023 season on the hottest seat in College Football. Following three losing seasons in four tries, many fans were ready to move on from him following the 2022 season. However, it was the decision of the university and new Athletic Director Wren Baker to give him one last chance.
While everyone has their opinion on Brown, WVU President E. Gordon Gee’s may differ from everyone’s. He was asked specifically about Brown’s future at an American Legion Mountaineer Boys State meeting, and this is what he had to say:
“First of all, he is a wonderful human being. He has been very successful in his coaching career. He ran into a buzz saw called the ‘Big 12.’ He had never coached at this level, and I think he’s learned a lot. I have a lot of confidence that we’re going to have a much better team than people think we’re going to have this year. They have great character. They have great leadership. We have been very successful in the portal…”
”The answer is at the end of the season, I hope everyone wants to keep him here.”
Despite the lack of success so far, Gee appears to be very confident in Brown’s ability to turn around his fortunes. Whether or not this comes to fruition remains to be seen, but Gee will be in Neal Brown’s corner until the very end.
Neal Brown and the Mountaineers open up their 2023 season with a road trip to Penn State on September 2nd. The game is slated for a 7:30 kickoff, and will be televised nationally on NBC. It will be the first time since 1992 that West Virginia and the Nittany Lions have met on the gridiron.