Morgantown, W.VA. – The second Tuesday of September not only brings with it the crisp taste of fall in the air, but the first of head coach Neal Brown’s weekly Tuesday noon press conferences for the football season. Coach Brown met with the media virtually via Zoom ahead of West Virginia’s season-opener against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels this coming Saturday in Morgantown.
Coach Brown opened his first game-week press conference in more than a year aware of just how fortunate we are to be here and to be talking about a football game days away, “We didn’t know if we’d be able to play, but here we are….humbled to have the opportunity to coach.”
The head coach is excited for football and this season, knowing that it is not as simple as it’s been in years past. Brown is very thankful for all that Athletic Director Shane Lyons and President E.Gordon Gee have done in order to have football this fall.
Brown went on to talk about this week’s opponents; the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Brown is all too familiar with this well-traditioned program, the school is about 45 minutes from where he grew up and is also where his mom went to school.
Getting into football, the coach pointed out that there is of course going to be questions about his team, stating “You really don’t know what you have until you go out and play someone else.” Brown went on to point out that while the Colonels were scoreless versus Marshall this past weekend, the biggest signs of improvement for teams come between weeks one and two. He knows the challenge for the Colonels is to simply get better. “Eastern Kentucky is capable of being better…that’s why I expect them to be much improved”
Brown’s team is still working on their chemistry and self-discipline, two things that are more difficult due to the pandemic and the inability to spend time together as a team.
“We’ve got to continue on this climb we’re on to get better. The effort and the physicality will meet the standard.”
Finally, Coach Brown was asked about his team’s run game and if there was any improvement from last season. Brown replied quite frankly; “We better be.”