Morgantown, West Virginia – According to 247 Sports’ Auburn affiliate Auburn Undercover: Inside the Auburn Tigers, Neal Brown is now officially on Auburn’s list of potential head coach replacements for the recently-fired Gus Malzahn.
In addition, Auburn Undercover also revealed that the Neal Brown to South Carolina rumors were more than what Brown led us to believe.
On an article released late last night, Auburn Undercover said the following: “We’ve learned (Neal) Brown flirted with South Carolina about its head coach opening, prompting a yet-to-be reported contract extension from West Virginia. He’s on Auburn’s list, as well.”
The article continued: “Brown is one of college football’s youngest coaches at 40 years old and he took the West Virginia job in 2019 after winning double-digit games in three straight seasons – including a Sun Belt championship – at Troy.”
We’ve learned a couple of things here. Neal Brown was perhaps interested in the South Carolina job, he may or may not have used that position as leverage for an extension, he’s since then received an extension at WVU and he’s now at the top of Auburn’s list for their vacant head coaching position.
Although Brown just signed one of the best recruiting classes in West Virginia football history and has apparently signed an extension with the school, Auburn plays in arguably the best conference in the nation (SEC), they could pay him more money and it would give him an opportunity to compete for a national championship with better recruiting possibilities.
While it seems unlikely that Brown would move on at this point in his career, Auburn is a very high profile job and they could offer him the world to come back to Alabama. Stayed tuned to The Voice of Motown for more information on this developing story.