There’s no truth to the rumors that West Virginia football coach Neal Brown has one eye on the door, according to athletic director Shane Lyons.
“Unfortunately those things get out and get our fan base riled up a little bit,” Lyon said during an appearance on the MetroNews network. “But I know Neal Brown wants to be here in Morgantown.”
Brown has most recently been linked to the Auburn vacancy, though his name has been swirling in the rumor mill for much of the season. He had also been mentioned as a possibility for the South Carolina gig.
Lyons said he spoke with Brown about all the buzz on Monday.
“He was like, ‘Shane, you will be the first person to know if I’m interested in another job. I’m not interested in another job. I’m happy here. My wife is happy here. My kids are happy here. We’re trying to build this program,'” Lyons quoted Brown as saying.
Brown is in his second season at WVU and has the Mountaineers (5-4) headed for a date with Army in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.
“We have a coach that a lot of people think very highly of,” Lyons said. “We’re lucky to have Neal Brown, and it’s my job to keep Neal Brown here as long as we can and continue to build the program.”