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The Shotgun/Throwdown (1/8/19): Neal Brown Prepares to Build his Mountaineer Coaching Staff

According to a recruit, Troy’s Defensive Coordinator, Vic Koenning, will join Neal Brown at WVU.

NCAA Football: Dollar General Bowl-Buffalo vs Troy John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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WV MetroNews – Recruit: Brown’s defensive coordinator to join him at WVU
It may take some time for Neal Brown's staff to come into place, but it appears defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will join him at West Virginia.

WV MetroNews – Neal Brown interested in Minnesota offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca
Minnesota offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca has been contacted in regards to a position on Neal Brown’s coaching staff. Ciarrocca and Brown worked together at Delaware in 2005.

WVU recruiting: Brown wastes no time on recruiting trail | WVU Gameday |
Neal Brown was named as the new head coach of the West Virginia football program on Saturday, and before the day was done, he had already extended three new offers to recruits.

Brown Gets His Opportunity at WVU Just Like Nehlen Did in 1979 - West Virginia University Athletics
It's probably fitting that Don Nehlen was among the first people to greet Neal Brown at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WV MetroNews – Shane Lyons addresses Neal Brown’s team introduction, RichRod stirrings
Neal Brown's emotional departure at Troy also resonated with West Virginia administrators.

WVU football notebook: New coach Neal Brown meets Mountaineers | WVU Gameday |
It has been a whirlwind couple of days for new WVU football coach Neal Brown.

WV MetroNews – Neal Brown’s first touchdown at WVU: Coach arrives on campus
West Virginia's newly hired coach met with Mountaineers players on Sunday night.

Tom Bragg: Bizarre week will go down in WVU sports history | Tom Bragg |
The last few weeks will long be remembered in the history of the West Virginia University football program.


WV MetroNews – Culver emerges as Konate’s return becomes murkier
Derek Culver has provided a huge boost for the Mountaineers following his suspension.

WVU basketball notebook: Huggins offers few details on Knapper suspension | WVU Gameday |
West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins was coy when discussing his decision to suspend redshirt freshman guard Brandon Knapper for Saturday’s loss at Texas.

West Virginia changing style of play at start of Big 12 slate - Dominion Post
The start of Big 12 play has officially brought out Plan B for West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins.

Davenport Leads WVU in Loss to Longhorns - West Virginia University Athletics
Senior Naomi Davenport scored a season-high 26 points, but it wasn't enough in the West Virginia women's basketball team's loss to #13 Texas this weekend.

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineers Rank No. 22 - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia gymnastics team debuts at #22 in the first Road to Nationals Rankings of the 2019 season.

WV MetroNews – 3 Guys Before The Game: Brown arrives; WVU hoops searching (Episode 82)
Did WVU pull off the coaching hire of the season? How can Huggins and the Mountaineers improve on the court?

Around the Big 12

Cyclones Sweep Big 12 weekly awards
It should be no surprise that the Cyclones would sweep the weekly Big 12 awards.

Kansas basketball starting center Udoka Azubuike out for season with hand injury |
The Kansas basketball team's junior center will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his right hand.

Iowa State Cyclones RB David Montgomery declares for draft
Iowa State running back David Montgomery announced that he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Around the NCAA

Clemson becomes first 15-0 champ in 121 years -
Only five teams in Division I history had gone 15-0 or better, and the last to do it at the top level was 121 years ago.

Guys, 15-0 Clemson might be even better than 1897 Penn! -
Let’s remember the last team before Clemson to go 15-0 in FBS-equivalent college football.

Alabama’s most points allowed under Nick Saban: Clemson shows late mercy -
45 remains the most points a team’s ever scored on Alabama. Clemson got 44, but that is just because the Tigers had mercy on the Crimson Tide.

Justyn Ross shocked Alabama as a recruit, then helped Clemson destroy the Tide -
Justyn Ross will go down in Alabama lore for not picking the Crimson Tide, then picking on the Tide.

A fan ran onto the field in the opening minutes of Clemson-Alabama -
Just minutes into the College Football Playoff National Championship, we had ourselves a fan on the field.

Ohio State Buckeyes QB Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who finished third in Heisman Trophy voting this past season as a redshirt sophomore, announced that he will enter the 2019 NFL draft.

Early college football rankings 2019: Preseason top 25 how-to guide -
The season’s less than eight months away. Act quickly to put together a top 25 that respects convention.

Was the Bears double-doink field goal actually tipped? An investigation -
Was there outside interference in Cody Parkey’s missed field goal in the Eagles’ win over the Bears?

NFL playoffs 2019: Is the Cowboys defense good enough to stop the Rams? -
An impenetrable defense has fueled Dallas’ playoff run. Will it be good enough to get them past the NFC’s best offense?

USC denying Kliff Kingsbury’s NFL interviews makes you wonder about Clay Helton -
Kliff Kingsbury lost his Texas Tech job in November, caught on as a USC coordinator in December, and is in demand in the NFL in January.

It’s hard not to feel for Bears kicker Cody Parkey -
Cody Parkey had a chance to give the Bears their first playoff win in eight years.

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