New WVU head football coach Neal Brown says emotional goodbye to Troy University

During halftime of Troy's basketball game against Appalachian State Saturday, new West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown stood at half court and gave a farewell address to the students and the school. (Troy University Athletics)

On Saturday morning, West Virginia University announced Neal Brown had agreed to a 6-year, $19 million deal to be the school's new head football coach.

That night, Brown was in Troy, Ala. saying an emotion goodbye to the school he's called home for the last four years.

During halftime of Troy's basketball game against Appalachian State, Brown stood at half court and gave a farewell address to the students, fans, and the school.

As head coach at Troy, Brown lead the Trojans to a 35-16 record and was 3-0 in bowl games. Over the past three seasons, the Trojans went 31-8 and was tied for the highest winning percentage amount FBS schools (.795).

"Our success here in football has been a collective success," Brown said Saturday. "Its never been about me, it's never been about the coaches, its been a collective success."

During his speech, Brown thanked the school's administration, players, students, fans, cheerleaders, and band.

"I really support how this community and fan base has really welcomed my family and I. The best days for Troy University and our football program are still to come. From my family and I, thank you, thank you so much. God bless and go Troy."

Brown, a native of Danville, Ky., will take over the reins from Dana Holgorsen, who led the WVU program for eight seasons and was officially welcomed Thursday as the head coach at the University of Houston. The Mountaineers were 61-41 overall and 38-32 in conference play under Holgorsen.

Holgorsen is second on WVU’s all-time coaching wins list behind College Football Hall of Famer Don Nehlan, who lead the Mountaineers to 149 wins. Holgorsen led the Mountaineers to seven bowl games in his eight years. WVU is 2-5 in bowl games under Holgorsen.

Brown's first game as the Mountaineer's head coach will be on Aug. 31 when the Mountaineer's take on James Madison.

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