New WVU Coach Neal Brown Gives Emotional Goodbye to Troy

Hope Soto
January 7, 2019

The school officially announced the hire Saturday. Now, the Trojans are looking for just their third coach since 1991. There is no question that the Mountaineers are West Virginia's team, and I know our fans are going to love his energy, passion, work ethic and excitement that he is going to bring to our program. Going back to his time as an offensive coordinator at Troy, Texas Tech and Kentucky Brown has guided good offenses, including a Troy offense that was almost top-50 in the country in scoring offense this year (30.7 points per game; 51st) and finished top-60 in FBS in rushing output (58th). Like Holgorsen, Brown comes from Air Raid roots in his coaching tree, but his teams at Troy were not of the Air Raid variety.

Brown was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year in 2017.

West Virginia is coming off an 8-4 season, which included a blowout loss to Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl.

Brown - who attended the same high school as Smith - may be a new face in Morgantown, but this actually the second time Smith has received an offer from West Virginia's new coach.

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Brown, 38, was head coach at Troy, where he posted a 35-16 record in four seasons.

In 2018, Brown's Trojans upset a down-year Nebraska team, 24-19.

It's not immediately clear whom Troy would pursue to replace Brown. The Trojans ran the ball on 55.4 percent of their offensive plays in 2018, which ranked 49th nationally.

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