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AP Sources: WVU, Troy’s Neal Brown Close To Deal on Head Football Coach Job

Jan 4, 2019
Troy head coach Neal Brown watches the game during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas State, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Troy, Ala.
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West Virginia and Troy’s Neal Brown are completing a deal to make him the next coach of the Mountaineers, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

The people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet final. Brown would replace Dana Holgorsen, who this week left West Virginia to become Houston’s coach.

In this Sept. 22, 2018, photo, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and quarterback Will Grier (7) talk during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Morgantown, W.Va.
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Houston hired West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen as its coach Wednesday, ending his eight-year run with the Mountaineers.

Holgorsen was 61-41 and 33-30 in the Big 12 as he helped guide West Virginia through the transition from the Big East. Houston competes in the American Athletic Conference, which was formed from the remnants of Big East football after it was torn apart by realignment earlier this decade.

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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has been rewarded with a five-year contract extension after the Mountaineers' best Big 12 finish since entering the conference in 2012.

Athletic director Shane Lyons announced the extension in a statement Saturday after No. 14 West Virginia beat Baylor 24-21. The five-year package is worth $18.6 million plus incentives.

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The West Virginia University football team is 1-0 after a win last week over Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers hope to turn the early win into a successful season. 

A year after finishing 7-6, including a loss to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl, the Mountaineers are hoping last Saturday’s 44-0 win over Georgia Southern is a sign of things to come. WVU limited Georgia Southern to 224 yards of offensive output. The Mountaineers on the other hand went for 544 total yards. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said WVU should be even more prepared for Liberty University because both teams run a similar offense. 

Mountaineers and Herd Kick Off 2014 Season

Aug 28, 2014
West Virginia University

The state’s two Division 1 football programs kick off their seasons on the road Saturday afternoon.

Both Marshall and WVU kickoff at 3:30. Marshall is headed to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami University Red Hawks. The Mountaineers have a slightly tougher challenge Saturday as they travel to Atlanta for a matchup with Alabama, the team ranked number two in both the USA Today and Associated Press Preseason Polls.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen knows it will be a challenge.

WVU Football Hopes to Bounce Back

Jul 29, 2014
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West Virginia University’s football program is hoping that 2014 is much better than 2013 after finishing 4-8.

WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen enters his fourth season in Morgantown. In his first season, the last for WVU in the Big East, they finished 10-3. In the following two season while in the Big 12, Holgorsen is 11-14 overall and 6-12 in the Big 12. Holgorsen said he doesn’t feel any extra pressure headed into the season.

Holgorsen staying on as head coach, WVU AD says

Dec 3, 2013
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West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will get at least one more year to right the ship of the football program.

In 2013, WVU suffered its first losing season since 2001, posting a 4-8 record. It was Holgorsen's third year in charge of the program.

WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck acknowledged the program needs work to get back to a winning level.

"We simply must get better," Luck said in a prepared statement released to the press Tuesday.