Neal Brown Named Top 5 Coach on Hot Seat

Bleacher Report has listed WVU’s Neal Brown as having one of the hottest seats in College Football.

Morgantown, WV – Bleacher Report recently revealed their “Top 5 College Football Head Coaches on the Hot Seat in 2023,” and WVU’s Neal Brown found himself directly in the middle of the undesired list.

In the article written by Morgan Moriarity, Brown is listed 3rd in the top 5, behind only Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M, and Tom Allen of Indiana.

Here is what the outlet had to say about Neal Brown:

“Speaking of conferences changing, West Virginia will be playing in a new Big 12. In 2023, UCF, Cincinnati, Houston and BYU will be the newcomers in a league that the Mountaineers have failed to compete in for quite a while.

Despite leading the Troy Trojans to three consecutive double-digit win seasons, Brown has been unable to replicate that success at WVU. His best finish came in 2020, going 6-4 capped off with a Liberty Bowl win over Army.

But the Mountaineers are now coming off of back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1978-79.

Brown’s overall record sits at 22-25 entering his sixth season with WVU. If the Mountaineers have yet another losing season, it’d be hard to justify keeping him. Not to mention the 43-year-old’s reported buyout of nearly $17 million drops to $13 million at the end of the 2023 season, per The Athletic.

If the Mountaineers can show some competitiveness inside a revamped Big 12, perhaps new WVU athletic director Wren Baker can keep Brown around. He’ll save some money in doing so, at least.”

Brown and the Mountaineers will have their first opportunity to put the doubters to bed when they take on Penn State on September 2nd. Kickoff is set for 7:30 on NBC.

(Photo by WVU Athletics) 

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Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!