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If you have two eyes and a fully functional brain, you can clearly see the Neal Brown era coming to a screeching halt in Morgantown. Sitting at 2-3 and 0-2 in Big 12 play, many are calling the Mountaineers the “worst” team in the Big 12.
So we all agree, West Virginia is the worst team in the Big 12, correct?
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) October 2, 2022
That’s just not going to get it done. It’s unacceptable. With that being said, should West Virginia decided to go in another direction, they will be looking for someone with a solid reputation as their head coach. Someone with experience, and someone who has shown they can notch signature wins.
Here is my wish-list for potential replacements of Neal Brown:
- Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) – I’m obviously shooting for the stars here. It would take a lot to lure Fisher to Morgantown, but it is possible. Things are not so hot for the national championship winning coach with the Aggies right now, so he could be looking for a fresh start. I doubt it, but one can dream, right?
- Tom Herman (Offensive Analyst/Chicago Bears) – Yes, he did coach for the Longhorns. Yes, West Virginia fans did hate him at the time. However, Herman did have some well-coached teams during his tenure with Texas. Coming into a completely new Big 12, I think Herman could be the perfect fit for the Mountaineers right now. If there was anyone I think could get this turned around quickly, it’d be Herman.
- Gary Patterson (Special Assistant/Texas) – Again, this is another former Big 12 coach. Patterson is easily regarded as the best coach in TCU history, and he has a knack for winning big games. That’s what West Virginia needs. This would also make the WVU-TCU matchup rather interesting.
- Bo Pelini (Former Nebraska HC) – Let’s get weird. Pelini is quite the angry and hostile character, but his teams at Nebraska won consistently. With how down the Mountaineers have been in recent years, that’s exactly what they need right now. So why not? Give him a shot.
- Ed Orgeron (Former LSU HC) – Would this man not be fun to have in Morgantown? I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love Ed Orgeron. To top it off, he’s also won a national championship with one of the best teams in College Football history.
Will any of these men be WVU’s head coach? Unlikely, but never say never, as Jimbo Fisher said.