WVU makes Troy University's Neal Brown school's 34th head football coach


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West Virginia University has hired Troy's Neal Brown on a six-year, $19.05 million contract to coach the Mountaineers.

He replaces Dana Holgorsen, who left WVU to become head coach at the University of Houston.

The school announced Brown's hiring on Saturday.

President E. Gordon Gee said he's confident that Brown, 38, is a "good fit" for West Virginia, its football program and the state.

Brown, who will be WVU's 34th head football coach, had led Troy since 2015 and recorded a 35-16 record at the Sun Belt Conference school in Alabama, including 3-0 in bowl games.

His teams won at Nebraska this past season and at LSU in 2017. The Trojans lost 30-24 at Clemson in 2016, the season the Tigers won the national title.

Before his tenure at Troy, Brown spent two years as offensive coordinator at Kentucky. He has Big 12 experience, having spent three years at Texas Tech as offensive coordinator.

Holgorsen went 61-41 in eight seasons at West Virginia.

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It's been widely reported, but not yet confirmed by WVU officials, that Neal Brown will become the 34th head coach of the Mountaineer football team.

Brown, 38, and comes to Morgantown after 4 seasons as head football coach of the Troy University Trojans in Troy, Alabama.

He's been considered an "up-and-comer" in the coaching ranks.

In 4 seasons at Troy, Brown has put together a 35-16 record, including three 10-win seasons in a row.

Brown's teams have dominated the Sun Belt Conference and his teams have signature wins over LSU and Nebraska, and narrowly lost to Clemson in 2016.

Neal Brown's hiring won't be officially announced until the details of his contract with WVU have been completed

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