The Possible Return of a Real Mountaineer

Cover Photo by William Wotring

Morgantown, West Virginia – West Virginia will soon be looking for a new head coach to replace Neal Brown, who has completely and utterly failed during his more than 3 seasons in Morgantown.

While Brown’s contract buyout – $20 million if he’s fired today, $16.9 million if he’s fired after this season – is certainly expensive and unfortunate, but keeping him is just not a viable option at this point.

With the contract buyout looming, West Virginia will not likely be able to afford a coach like Jimbo Fisher, who currently makes over $9 million a season at Texas A&M. However, there is an obvious option who would completely transform the West Virginia football program and bring back the pride of the Mountaineers.

Enter Jahmile Addae.

Addae, a four year starter at West Virginia at defensive back, a two-time captain of the Mountaineers and two-time All Big East selection and former NFL player, is precisely who West Virginia needs to revitalize the program and bring the Mountaineers back to their former glory.

He’s an outstanding former player, a terrific former West Virginia assistant who led the Mountaineers to one of the top defenses in the country when he was co-defensive coordinator for the team and he’s absolutely killing it as an assistant coach for the Miami Hurricanes.

Addae was rated as the 2nd best recruiter in the entire nation for the 2022 class, has incredible rapport with players and since he would be returning to his alma mater for his first head coaching job, West Virginia could likely get him for less than what they’re currently paying Neal Brown.

Jahmile Addae is a true Mountaineer. A former standout player, a West Virginia graduate, a coach who led the Mountaineers to one of the best defenses in the nation, and he’s the very person who could bring the West Virginia football program back to prominence.

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Brad Smith
Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.