Neal Brown’s Replacement Watch List

With Neal Brown on the hot seat, we take a look at how his potential replacements performed in week one.


Morgantown, WV – Following a 38-15 loss to Penn State, Neal Brown is now 22-26 at WVU, including 2-3 in season openers. Entering the 2023 season with one of the hottest seats in all of College Football, another loss only furthers the narrative that Brown will be gone by season’s end.

With his potential departure looming, names are beginning to be tossed around as his potential replacement. Today, we are going to take a look at FIVE POTENTIAL REPLACEMENTS, and how they performed in week one with their current teams.

Here are the week one results for Neal Brown’s potential replacements:

  • Tony Gibson, NC State (Defensive Coordinator) 

Former WVU Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson is on the wish list for many fans should WVU move on from Neal Brown. The West Virginia native finished week one helping his Wolfpack take down Connecticut, 24-14. NC State held the Huskies to under 300 yards and 33% on third down conversions.

  • Curt Cignetti, James Madison

Cignetti and the Dukes handled Bucknell, 38-15. The former WVU quarterback will be high on the list for the Mountaineers.

  • Jamey Chadwell, Liberty 

Jamey Chadwell is in year one at Liberty, but it’s hard to imagine that he would pass down an opportunity at a Power Five program if given the chance. His Flames took down Bowling Green at home on Saturday, 34-24.

  • Rich Rodriguez, Jacksonville State

Not many WVU fans will want him, but the school will likely give him a call if his Gamecocks keep winning. Rodriguez and Jacksonville State improved to 2-0 with a 49-3 victory over East Tennessee State.

  • Willie Fritz, Tulane 

Fritz has Tulane in the top 25, and putting up incredible numbers. His Green Wave took down South Alabama, 37-17.

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