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Neal Brown continues to maintain cautious optimism about Mountaineer football in the fall

Morgantown, W.VA. – Wednesday morning the head coach of the Mountaineers, Neal Brown, met with members of the media via Zoom to discuss an update on West Virginia football from the past few weeks. Coach Brown previously met with the media several weeks ago as the nation has gotten more used to the shelter in place orders and COVID-19 concerns and issues.

Brown, his staff and team have settled into their pandemic routines as they are in week six of remote operations. Brown stated his program’s motto for the current situation as “Do the best you can do, with what you have available.”

The upcoming fall season is a recurring theme when meeting with Brown, and Wednesday was no different. Brown has made it clear that his primary focus during this time is the health and wellness of his players, with the secondary focus being getting his team ready for the football season when the Big 12 hopefully lifts the team activities ban on May 31.

Brown credited strength and conditioning Coach Mike Joseph for his efforts during this time to get workouts, many of which are curated to the player’s situation, to all of the Mountaineers spread out through the country. Joseph has been working hard to get the players as ready as possible, within the parameters of the Big 12 and NCAA, with the hopes that once the ban is lifted the team can start to get ready for the football season together and in person.

“I think we’ve really done a nice job, led by Commissioner Bowlsby and our athletic directors in the Big 12 Conference, taking kind of a ‘wait and see’ approach and not getting too far out into the future,” Brown remarked. “Because I think that everybody that’s going through this is kind of dealing with it and where I think we’re making mistakes is making declarations really far down the road.”

The head coach went on to state that he is “hopeful and cautiously optimistic that we will play football this fall.” Brown knows it may not be the typical Saturday college football scene, but does believe there will be college football.

(For those reading this, even as I type this out I reminisce on Saturdays in Morgantown. I miss football.)

Brown ended his Zoom with the message that the MAC Virtual 5k. Registration ends Friday, May 1 and is a great way to give back to the university and its student-athletes from afar.

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