The West Virginia Mountaineers woke up on Sunday morning with a 2-4 record, still searching for their first Big 12 win of the season.
WVU HC Neal Brown didn’t expect his third year to go like this.
“Did I think we’d be 2-4 right now? Did I think we’d be 6-0? Probably not either,” Brown said. “But I think we would play better and close out these games in the fourth quarter and we have not.”
Three out of the four losses for West Virginia were all decided by one score or less. Brown and his staff have recognized the lack of consistency, as they can’t put together a full game of great football.
Brown opened up his press conference on Tuesday with this.
“We’re not at a funeral, just lost a couple of football games,” Brown said.
So, what’s Brown’s plan for the bye week?
Brown is going to meet with his coaching staff and a third of the football players over the next day or two and talk with them about what changes need to be made to turn the season around.
“[I’ll] get some thoughts and do a lot of listening, and then have a plan moving forward on Thursday about how we’re going to attack not only TCU, but really the next six games,” Brown said.
This bye week for West Virginia doesn’t come at a better time, and Brown mentioned that he thinks it was needed. This week will be pivotal for the coaching staff to unite the team and rally them for their upcoming games.
“Frustrated group, just talking to players on the phone, text and meeting with staff,” Brown said. “I think everybody’s feeling frustrated. Nobody likes losing, that’s obvious.”
It was a bad day to be a Mountaineer on social media last Saturday, as many fans expressed their emotions on Brown and his ‘Trust The Climb’ movement. This also included former Mountaineer players Dreamius Smith and Terrell Chestnut throwing their two cents in.
Brown knows that the fans are frustrated and he doesn’t blame them.
“I know our fans are frustrated,” Brown said. “This is the way I always think about it, right or wrong, is we are in the entertainment business. That’s what we are and when the product is not good, people have an opportunity to complain and that’s probably what they’re doing. And I don’t blame them.”
West Virginia will continue to go out and practice early this week, as they meet for the first time since the 45-20 loss at Baylor. Brown and his staff have some decisions to make as they look to plan out the rest of the season.