Neal Brown Could be a Candidate at Tennessee too

Morgantown, West Virginia – When the West Virginia Mountaineers play the Tennessee Volunteers on December 31st in the Liberty Bowl, it could potentially be a showcase for Neal Brown in front of his new employer, according to ESPN.

Tennessee’s current head coach, Jeremy Pruitt, is firmly on the hot seat after the Vols lost six straight games and seven of their last eight to fall to 3-7 on the season.  Pruitt’s overall record in Knoxville now stands at 16-19 through three seasons.

That is not acceptable anywhere but particularly in Tennessee.

On the Liberty Bowl preview, ESPN said the following: “The pregame intrigue is whether Tennessee retains coach Jeremy Pruitt and, if it moves on, whether it pursues West Virginia coach Neal Brown as a potential replacement.”

The article continued, “Brown has WVU on a good path to make noise in the Big 12 next season, as the Mountaineers made significant strides defensively (fifth nationally in both yards allowed and first downs allowed) and in the run game with Leddie Brown (945 rush yards, nine touchdowns).  WVU could have another win or tow.  Tennessee, on the other hand, dropped seven of its final eight and never found any answers at quarterback.  Changes are coming in Knoxville, and WVU will roll in this one.  Prediction: West Virginia 38, Tennessee 17

Although there has been no mention of this anywhere else yet, Brown to Tennessee makes a lot more sense than the Auburn position.  If Neal Brown wants to make a move to the SEC, this would be an ideal situation where he can rebuild the program instead of jumping into a situation where he’s expected to compete for a national championship immediately.

Brown continues to remain silent on rumors surrounding him potentially interviewing for the position at Auburn early this week.  Stay tuned for more information on this developing story.