West Virginia upgrades from Dana Holgerson to Neal Brown

Screenshot via @TroyTrojansFB

Brown would replace Dana Holgorsen, who left to take the head coaching job at Houston.

The contract is still being finalized, but we will update this story on WTAP.com and on WTAP's evening newscasts, as more details are confirmed.

"I feel good about [West Virginia] especially with coach Brown and his staff there".

However, in three seasons since, Troy racked up a 31-8 record and three bowl wins. WVU, for the second straight season, lost its last three games, including bowl losses to Utah (30-14) in 2017 and Syracuse (34-18) this past season. But West Virginia surely had some idea Holgorsen would look to leave, as his buyout dropped a lot at the dawn of the new year, and the move to hire Brown may have been on its way to being ordained before (perhaps well before) Holgorsen's departure was official.

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He was offensive coordinator at Troy, Texas Tech and Kentucky before taking over for the retiring Larry Blakeney in 2015. In 2017, Troy went to No. 25 LSU and won 24-21, manhandling the Tigers physically.

Brown led the Trojans to a 10-3 mark this season which included a win over Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl and a stunning upset of Nebraska in Lincoln.

One of Brown's major accomplishments at Troy was his success against Power 5 teams. Brown will take over a West Virginia program that went 8-4 this year to finish fourth in the Big 12.

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