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The Neal Brown era hasn’t necessarily like everyone once believed. The former Troy head coach has posted a 22-25 record with the Mountaineers, and has failed to win more than six games in any season.
Though many thought that he would be fired following a 5-7 season in 2022, new Athletic Director Wren Baker decided to keep Brown one more season for evaluation.
Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports recently shared seven coaches that will be under the most pressure going into the 2023 season. Brown, whose seat is scorching hot, was included on the list.
Here is what Sallee had to say about Brown:
”Brown was in danger of being canned after last season, but the new administration decided to keep him on board for a fifth season at West Virginia. Back-to-back sub-.500 seasons have made Mountaineer fans restless, and the fact that Brown hasn’t been in the Big 12 title race in any of his four seasons has made things even worse. The Mountaineers have fallen behind in the NIL age, and Brown hasn’t taken advantage of the transfer portal in a way that will keep them relevant — even in the new era of Big 12 football.“
If Brown wants to ease the pressure off of him in 2023, winning is the best medicine.
Fans will have their first chance to see the 2023 Mountaineers on Saturday for the Gold-Blue Spring Game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.