It’s really crazy how quickly things can change in the world of college football. Unfortunately for West Virginia’s Neil Brown, he’s finding the hard way.
Two weeks ago, his team played in Backyard brawl against Pittsburgh. With just over six minutes left to play, West Virginia were seven minutes ahead and had a chance to freeze on the match at 4The tenth and 1 of the 48-yard house line. Instead of going to him, he decides to get the gauntlet. Only nine games after that gamble, West Virginia found itself seven swing behind due to a 14-point swing and ended up losing the match.
As bad as that loss was, nothing would prepare Mountaineers fans for what happened last Saturday against Kansas. After making an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, West Virginia completely collapsed and it’s over Losing 55-42 in overtime. Fouls were made and the defense couldn’t get off the field as they let the Jayhawks convert 11 of 15 again.
It was really shocking to see West Virginia perform the way it did last Saturday. I thought they were going to have a big game against Kansas not just because of the loss the previous week but because of the fact that it was their opening game at home. Instead of winning on the rebound, they ended up losing another to start the 2022 season with a 0-2 record and a loss in team play.
After that match, Neil Brown commented on the unsuccessful start of his team. “I was disappointed.” Brown said. “We lose two games there at the end of both games. One in overtime and one there at the end. We’re driving to hook the game. I’m frustrated. I promise there’s no one more frustrated than me. It doesn’t mean it’s going to make them (the fans) feel better, but I’m disappointed. “.
Even West Virginia’s athletic director Shane Lyons had to answer the questions regarding Neil Brown’s job security earlier this week. “I know and care deeply that our fans are frustrated with the start of the football season, but so are our coaches and student-athletes, who have spoiled their tail as they prepare for this year,” Lyons said in a statement Monday to the Associated Press. “As an athletics director, I am as disappointed as the fans, but I see how much our coaches and players care and want to win and make our fans proud. Everyone involved knows that the field results have not met expectations and no one is satisfied at all. There are 10 games left in the season and the focus is still on achieving The results we all expect.”
This isn’t exactly a resonant endorsement of Neil Brown and anytime a sporting director has to come out to answer questions about a coach’s job security is never a good thing. Usually, this means that the end is near.
But this whole thing didn’t happen overnight. Neil Brown has been the head coach at West Virginia for a while now and is in his fourth year. As it stands, Neil Brown is 17-20 as head coach and now has an 11-17 team play record. Quite simply, the job Neil has done so far is not good enough.
As bad as it was, there may be one thing that saves Neil Brown no matter what happens this season. That only thing, of course, is money. When Brown was hired back in January of 2019, he signed a six-year contract worth $19.05 million.
After going 5-7 in his first season and 6-4 in the abridged COVID 2020 season, it would have been good for West Virginia to extend Neil Brown’s contract that runs through the 2026 season.
Even more surprising is the money still owed to Neil Brown. If West Virginia decides to fire him after this season, they will still be They owe him more than $20 million If he was expelled before January 1Street Next year. After that date, the acquisition has decreased to approximately $16.7 million. That number continues to drop by about four million per year, but another interesting part is that even if it is dismissed before December 31Street By 2024, Brown will still owe 100% of his remaining salary. Anything after that will drop to 85%. Additionally, these numbers do not include money that will be owed to the rest of the employees as well.
I imagine West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons giving Neil Brown more time not only because of the takeover amount but also because Lyons was the one who gave Neil the extension in the first place. That’s why I find it hard to see Neil get fired anytime before January 1Street.
Now this problem can go away with one simple thing and that is win. There are ten games left in the season, and while West Virginia may not be favored to win many games, it still has to be played. We will find out a lot about this team in the next five matches.
Over the next six weeks, the Mountaineers will play Towson and Baylor at home as they travel to Virginia Tech, Texas, and Texas Tech. Of course, the schedule won’t get any easier then as they still have to play Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Kansas State in November.
But Neil Brown and this team cannot look forward or worry about the difficult schedule ahead. The focus should now be all on Towson to get ready for Saturday. It’s time to block out the noise and get the train back on track and that has to start now or else Neil Brown won’t be around for 2023 no matter the cost.