Neal Brown will remain head coach at West Virginia next season, the program announced on Wednesday. Here’s what we know:

Brown is 22-25 in four seasons as head coach of the Mountaineers.

West Virginia finished 5-7 in 2022 and will miss a bowl game for the second time in four seasons under his leadership.

Brown would have been owed nearly $17 million if fired.

Previously head coach at Troy, where he compiled a 35-16 record over four years.


Why West Virginia didn’t move on from Brown

West Virginia signing Brown to a two-year contract extension after the 2020 season is one key reason why its administration is not making a change now. Brown would be owed a buyout of nearly $17 million, his remaining salary through 2026, if he were fired now. Though that payment would be offset by Brown’s salary at his next job, it’s a hefty sum that proved prohibitively expensive when combined with the cost of firing his staff and hiring a new one. Brown’s contract is fully guaranteed if he’s fired at any time before Jan. 1, 2025, so the buyout fee at the end of the 2023 season would be $13 million.