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The Shotgun/Throwdown (1/11/19): Bob Huggins Considering Every Option For Big 12 Bottom-Dwelling West Virginia

There was no talk of a quick fix from Bob Huggins. No promises of turnarounds or miracle finishes, either. For the only winless team in the Big 12, it’s all about finding some positivity and trying new combinations.

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Brown’s Hiring a Reason to Cue Country Roads! | West Virginia University Athletics
I have yet to see a football coach lose his first press conference. I've watched four of these at West Virginia University now, dating back to Rich Rodriguez's first one here 18 years ago in 2000.

WVU football: New coach Neal Brown says West Virginia job 'fits my DNA' | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Neal Brown was at an uncle’s house back in Kentucky, celebrating a late Christmas with his family. In the background, the West Virginia University football team’s Camping World Bowl game against Syracuse was on the television. Just a couple of weeks later, he was standing in the team meeting room at WVU, meeting the media for the first time as the Mountaineers’ new football coach.

Terms of Brown's 6-year deal revealed | WV News
West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown’s agreement to coach the WVU football team begins with a salary of $3,050,000 for 2019, rising to $3,300,000 in 2024, the last year of the six-year deal.

Neal Brown talks accountability, discipline at introductory press conference | Times West Virginian
As Neal Brown would do, he sees his move from Troy University in Alabama — where he made his bones as a head football coach — to West Virginia not as an upheaval in his life, but instead in the lives of the players and recruits he is inheriting from Dana Holgorsen.

Derek Redd: Neal Brown wants to have some serious fun as WVU's new football coach | Charleston Gazette-Mail
OK, before we go any further, Neal Brown wants to explain something about that video.

Brown Names Koenning Defensive Coordinator | West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced the hiring of Vic Koenning as the Mountaineers' defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Vic Koenning considered pursuing Troy head coaching job | WV MetroNews
For a few fleeting moments, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning pondered becoming the head coach at Troy instead of joining Neal Brown at West Virginia. But divine intervention and, apparently, a word from Troy athletics director Jeremy McClain showed Koenning the light.

Gibson out as West Virginia defensive coordinator, leaving program | WV MetroNews
Tony Gibson’s second tenure at West Virginia is coming to an end. Athletics director Shane Lyons said the veteran defensive coordinator, who is being replaced by incoming Troy assistant Vic Koenning, will not remain with the program.


Huggins considering every option for Big 12’s last-place team | WV MetroNews
There was no talk of a quick fix from Bob Huggins. No promises of turnarounds or miracle finishes, either. For the only winless team in the Big 12, it’s all about finding some positivity and trying new combinations.

WVU basketball: Mountaineers still on the hunt for solid guard play | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team is off to an 0-3 start in Big 12 Conference play — the Mountaineers worst start in conference since the 2002-2003 season — and coach Bob Huggins is searching for answers.

Around the NCAA

Tate Martell has name in NCAA transfer portal, per reports | SBNation
Is the current Buckeye on his way out of Columbus?

The NCAA must make Transfer Portal worthy of its awesome name | SBNation
No mere spreadsheet deserves such a title.

Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow, 11teenth-year senior, is still not done with Alabama | SBNation
Renfrow (who’s actually a redshirt senior) may or may not be accusing Bama of a ticky-tack NCAA violation.

College Football’s 100 best 2018-19 games, ranked | SBNation
It’s time for our annual love letter to the season that was.

Kliff Kingsbury once said he’d draft Kyler Murray No. 1 overall. Good news, Kliff! | SBNation
Kingsbury’s Cardinals own the top pick at the 2019 NFL Draft.

Is Tom Brady *gasp* showing his age this season? | SBNation
Never count out Touchdown Tom, but ...

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