The NCAA has granted Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers another gift just before the start of the season as they ruled today that former Temple Owl wide receiver Sean Ryan is immediately eligible. Ryan transferred to the Mountaineers in May after the Temple Owls needed to find a second head coach in two weeks. Manny Diaz, the former Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator accepted the head coaching job but then immediately resigned upon the resignation of Mark Richt at Miami. Diaz had been set to succeed Geoff Collins, who left to coach Georgia Tech.
Ryan played in 11 games at Temple last season catching 12 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown. Ryan is the second transfer to be ruled immediately eligible. Former Bowling Green quarterback Jarret Doege was ruled eligible on Tuesday, just before head coach Neal Brown announced that Austin Kendall had won the summer quarterback competition.
Unlike Doege, it doesn’t appear the coaching staff will redshirt Ryan. Ryan emerged during the summer as a potential replacement for the multitude of receivers the Mountaineers lost from one of the top passing offenses in the country last season.