Morgantown, West Virginia – There is a very good chance that we have seen the last of Neal Brown on the sidelines at West Virginia University. According to people that I’ve spoken to, it’s very unlikely that Neal Brown will be the head coach when West Virginia hosts the Oklahoma Sooners next Saturday.
Obviously this is a very fluid situation and anything can happen, but yesterday’s embarrassing loss at previously winless in the Big 12 Conference Iowa State appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Neal Brown.
There has been zero progress on the field since the start of the season and there were supposed to be major improvements in Brown’s 4th season with the team. Instead, the team now sits at 3-6 overall and 1-5 in conference play, and Neal Brown is now reportedly going to finally be held accountable for the team’s poor performance.
But Neal Brown may not be the only person whose job is in danger this morning. Director of Athletics Shane Lyons could also be on the chopping block. The West Virginia football and basketball programs – the two major money-makers for the university – are in the worst shape in years and Lyons’ extension of Neal Brown following the 2020 season will go down as one of the most incompetent decisions in the university’s history. The extension and raise after Neal Brown was 11-11 will inevitably end up costing West Virginia University millions and millions of dollars, and it’s unlikely that Lyons will ever be able to recover from that.
Lyons may have had a chance to save his job if he fired Brown several weeks ago, but he unfortunately decided to stick with the head coach that he hired. Lyons likely did this because firing Brown would have been an admission of guilt on his part in the decline of the football program. Lyons hoped for the season to be turned around and for Brown to succeed, but that clearly hasn’t happened and now he will have to be held accountable as well.
Again, this situation could go several different ways, but Neal Brown and quite possibly Shane Lyons could be fired in the next 24-48 hours.
I’m hearing that it is going to get very interesting at #WVU in the next 24-48 hours. Based on what I’ve been told, there’s a very good chance that Neal Brown will not be the head coach next Saturday when the Mountaineers play Oklahoma.
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) November 6, 2022