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WVU AD Shane Lyons Addresses Neal Brown Auburn Interview Rumors

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WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said there is "no truth" to the rumors about Neal Brown and the open Auburn job. (Tom Bragg/WVSN)

West Virginia University athletic director Shane Lyons appeared on MetroNews statewide radio on Tuesday morning and among the many topics Lyons touched on were the rumors of WVU football coach Neal Brown interviewing, or possibly soon interviewing for the vacant job at Auburn.

“There is not [anything to that rumor],” Lyons said. “Neal and I have a very close relationship and there is a lot of trust there between he and I. I will tell you we had a conversation about that yesterday as well, and he’s like, ‘Shane you will be the first person to know if I’m interested in another job. I am not interested in other jobs. I’m happy here. My wife is happy here and my kids are happy here. We’re trying to build this program.’

“In this business, especially with social media, people just throw names out there all the time. There is a lot of hearsay. I heard and started getting phone calls like, ‘He’s interviewing for the job this week.’ He’s not interviewing for the job this week. He’s happy here. He doesn’t want to go anywhere. I don’t want to address every rumor that comes out, but I’ll also say, hey, we have a coach who a lot of people think highly of. We’re lucky to have Neal Brown. It’s my job to keep Neal Brown here as long as we can and continue to build the program. There is no truth to the [Auburn] rumors.”

You can listen to Lyons’ full interview with MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval here:

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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