Sometimes Nice Guys Just Finish Last

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I’m going to say something that some are afraid to utter, but I honestly just don’t care anymore…

The Neal Brown era in Morgantown has been nothing short of a train wreck.

I’m not sure where to even begin. We could start with the team literally failing to eclipse 1,000 total rushing yards in 2019. How about the embarrassing Vic Koenning situation? Losing countless star players to the transfer portal? Being lapped by Kansas in year two of a new coaching staff?

This is just bad, folks. There is no other way to put it.

When he arrived in Morgantown, Brown said and did all the right things. He won the inaugural press conference, set out on the recruiting trail immediately, and even pulled a starting quarterback from a fellow Big 12 member by transfer.

Though it was early, it was easy to see why many fans thought Brown could build something special with time. However, for whatever reason, it just hasn’t unraveled that way.

The 2022 Mountaineer Football team is simply embarrassing to watch. The offense is still bland and vanilla, the defense is nonexistent, but our kicking game is solid (I guess that’s a moral victory). In year four of a rebuild, things aren’t supposed to be going this way. If we were going to right the ship, it would have happened by now. Instead, we only continue to sink deeper and deeper in the conference.

Neal Brown is one of the nicest coaches in College Football, there is no doubt about that. However, kindness doesn’t translate to a product on the field. In this case, the nice guy is finishing last – literally. With yesterday’s 31-14 drubbing by Iowa State, the Mountaineers own sole possession of last place in the Big 12. There are only three more games this season, so there is virtually no chance for WVU to make a bowl game.

This team is suffering, and those in charge need to make the decision to stop the bleeding before it’s too late. We have our sample product of Neal Brown, and it isn’t good enough. Either stick with this madness or do the right thing, Shane Lyons.

If not, your ticket sales are going to hurt for it.