Pat McAfee Considers a Possible Future WVU Head Coach

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Neal Brown is back on the hot seat (where he belongs) at West Virginia and whispers of Jimbo Fisher, Rich Rodriguez and Tony Gibson hovering around are all over social media, but one name that could be the most interesting of all is Curt Cignetti. 

Cignetti, 62, is the head coach at James Madison University, who is currently 10-0 this season. Cignetti was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a quarterback at WVU, graduated from WVU, his father was the head coach at WVU and he makes an awful lot of sense to replace Neal Brown if/when Brown is fired.

Cignetti is a former assistant under Nick Saban and during his time at James Madison, he is a remarkable 51-8 overall and 30-3 in the Sun Belt Conference. Could he be the perfect replacement for Neal Brown? Yesterday, Pat McAfee had Cignetti on his show as a guest and seemed to ponder the thought of him leading the Mountaineers.

“I didn’t think about that (coaching at WVU). He’s from Pittsburgh, he moved to West Virginia, his dad coached at West Virginia, he was the quarterback at West Virginia, he’s got the moxy, I didn’t think about it until this exact moment. Maybe Curt Cignetti does need to come back home to Morgantown, West Virginia!”

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