Big 12 coaches impressed with Neal Brown's ability to build culture, lead program

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Sports publication Athlon Sports released an article detailing anonymous quotes from current Big 12 coaches discussing their fellow conference colleagues headed into the 2024 season.

More than a few coaches contributed their thoughts regarding West Virginia football, with a trend appearing amidst the quotes -- Neal Brown's fellow head coaches in the Big 12 believe he has what it takes to run a solid college football program.

“Neal Brown is a fantastic program manager and never really showed any of the strain from the hot seat," said one coach.

Another coach highlighted that he feels that Brown's tenure at WVU is reminiscent of an extended version of his time at Troy, where he started slow but built a culture that propelled the Trojans into three consecutive 10+ win seasons to close Brown's tenure with the program.

That coach believes that the culture is also headed in the right direction in Morgantown, and believes the Mountaineers might surprise some of their Big 12 opponents this fall.

"There are a lot of similarities to Neal’s time at Troy; he’s going to build and find that right culture, and then it takes off," the anonymous coach said. "They could be a surprise contender for the league title if everything goes right on offense."