Last week, SportingNews ranked all 130 college football coaches going into the 2020 football season. Second-year head coach Neal Brown ranked close to the top quarter of the list, a high praise for a coach in his second year at a Power 5 school.
Brown ranked 37th on list, sandwiched between 38th ranked South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and 36th ranked Kansas coach Les Miles.
Brown’s 2019 team finished seventh in the Big 12 standings for the season, with a 5-7 record, going 3-6 in the conference. The 2019 season was largely known as a rebuilding season, and there are many high hopes for Brown’s sophomore season of coaching in Morgantown.
Despite the pandemic and the shelters-in-place around the country, Brown has seemingly excelled in his coaching from home; taking his coaching virtual and doing his best to keep a sense of normalcy during the past few months.
The Mountaineers have begun making their way back to Morgantown under Phase 1 of returning to football this week. On Monday afternoon, the university announced that one player had tested positive for COVID-19 and will enter a mandatory 14-day isolation period.