Morgantown, West Virginia – With Shane Lyons out as the director of athletics at West Virginia, it is only a matter of time before West Virginia Head Coach Neal Brown follows suit. Sitting at 21-24, it is expected that Brown will be relieved of his duties following the 2022 season, regardless of the outcome of the team’s final two games.
The Athletic, a very well known outlet nationwide, has listed potential replacements for both Lyons and Brown respectively. Here is their list of replacements:
- Pat Chun – Washington State AD
- Troy Dannen – Tulane AD
- Eddie Nunez – New Mexico AD
- Matt Borman – LSU Athletic Foundation President
It should be noted that none of these candidates have any real ties to the state of West Virginia and have not been mentioned by any other outlets.
- Jason Candle (52-30 at Toledo)
- Sean Lewis (23-30 at Kent State)
- Jeff Monken (61-49 at Army)
- Scott Satterfield (24-23 at Louisville)
- Rich Rodriguez (7-2 at Jacksonville State)
Candle, Lewis and Monken are highly-regarded coaches, but West Virginia will likely pursue a more proven head coach at the Power 5 level, particularly after the past four seasons under Brown.
Rodriguez is almost certainly too divisive among the West Virginia fanbase to be hired and Satterfield’s 24-23 record at Louisville is less than impressive. Overall, these five potential candidates don’t appear to be outstanding replacements for Brown at West Virginia. If the university wants to fix the current situation within the football program, they will need a proven leader who has a history of turning around programs and being successful at the highest level of competition.