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Neal Brown Not a Candidate for Tennessee Opening

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at West Virginia

The West Virginia faithful breath a sigh of relief as Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde reports that head football coach Neal Brown is not a candidate for the opening at Tennessee.


Brown was previously linked to openings at South Carolina, and more notably Auburn, but he denied interest in either position. There were reports that he was set to interview for the job with the Tigers.

But WVU athletics director Shane Lyons denied that Brown had interest, saying at the time, “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.’ … 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.”

Brown has ties to SEC country, as he was the head coach at Troy (Alabama) 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.

Brown is 11-11 in two seasons with the Mountaineers and has an overall head coaching record of 46-27.

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