Troy's Neal Brown to lead West Virginia football

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Brown would replace Dana Holgorsen, who announced his departure to the University of Houston earlier this week. West Virginia is a special place.

Neal Brown, the former Kentucky wide receiver and later offensive coordinator who has been a smash hit as head coach at Troy University, is set to take the head coaching job at West Virginia, according to a report Friday.

"When I started this national search, I learned very quickly that he checked all the boxes of what I was looking for in our next football coach", said Shane Lyons, WVU director of athletics, in the announcement.

Brown jumps to a Power 5 school after establishing a reputation as one of the hottest young coaches in the country in his four years at Troy.

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"I can't wait to meet our team and get to work". Brown's teams also picked up major nonconference road wins against both LSU in 2017 and Nebraska this past season.

Brown went 35-16 in four seasons with Troy and won Sun Belt Coach of the Year in 2017.

But before Brown left for West Virginia, he gave an emotional goodbye to the school during halftime of the Trojans' basketball game against Appalachian State. While it's not a full-on rebuild, odds are Brown will need some time to change the identity of the team.

Yahoo! Sports first reported West Virginia and Brown were close to a deal. The Trojans ran the ball on 55.4 percent of their offensive plays in 2018, which ranked 49th nationally.

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