Two days after rumors started surfacing that the Auburn Tigers were interested in interviewing West Virginia head coach Neal Brown, West Virginia AD Shane Lyons has shot down those reports.
On Tuesday, Shane Lyons told Hoppy Kercheval, “There is not [anything to the rumors], Hoppy. Neal and I have a very close relationship. There’s a lot of trust there between he and I. I will tell you we had a conversation about that yesterday as well. He was like, ‘Shane you would be the first person to know if I am interested in another job. I am not interested in other jobs. I’m happy here. My wife’s happy here. My kids are happy here. We’re trying to build this program.’ His point was in this business, especially with social media, people just thrown maes out there all the time… I started getting phone calls that he’s interviewing for the job this week. He’s not interviewing for the job this week. He’s happy here. He’s doesn’t want to go anywhere… there’s no truth to the rumors… I know Neal Brown wants to be here in Morgantown.”
The full comments come at around the 4:00 mark in this video from WV Metro News.
The report came from a credible source in 247Sports. However Lyons shooting down the rumors, in a very strong manner, is a good sign for West Virginia Mountaineers fans.
Neal Brown’s name made some sense for the Tigers, who recently fired Gus Malzahn, due to his ties to the state of Alabama, as he was the head coach at Troy from 2015 to 2018 and led the Trojans to a 35-16 record, one Sun Belt title and wins at LSU and Nebraska. Prior to that, he spent time in the SEC at Kentucky from 2013 to 2014.
However, there can now be a big sigh of relief from Morgantown, as West Virginia can now focus on facing Army in the Liberty Bowl. Oh, and getting Barstool’s Dave Portnoy to cut that big check to WVU Football.
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