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I’ve heard some idiotic stuff out of Mountaineer fans, but this one may take the prize as easily the dumbest I’ve ever heard.

All across social media, Mountaineer Nation has began to speculate that Neal Brown may be a candidate for the recently opened South Carolina job. The Gamecocks fired head coach Will Muschamp after a 59-42 loss to Ole Miss last weekend, and are now in the midst of a coaching search.

Though South Carolina is in the SEC, it is not an attractive job. Outside of a good run under Steve Spurrier, the program has for the most part been very average to mediocre. To go along with that, the Gamecocks compete in the SEC East, which is loaded with teams like Florida, Georgia, and has up-and-comers in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Not only would Brown leaving for South Carolina be a lateral move, but he would be setting himself up for failure. Coach Brown has already started “The Climb” with the Mountaineers, and leaving to rebuild a program like South Carolina would be a massive step back in his coaching career.

I’m sure Neal Brown likes his chances against the Iowa States and the Oklahoma States of the Big 12 more than he does against powerhouses like Florida and Georgia. Even mentioning him as a candidate for South Carolina does not make sense, and is honestly ridiculous.

Quit worrying about Brown leaving, because he isn’t. The rebuild in Morgantown has only begun, and Neal Brown will be a part of it for the foreseeable future – and he sure as hell wouldn’t throw it away for a mediocre job in Columbia, South Carolina.