MORGANTOWN, W.Va – While recapping West Virginia’s loss to Kansas State, WVU head coach Neal Brown addressed the news that cornerback Charles Woods will be leaving the program with a clear message to his departing player.
“I heard he put something out on social media. I try to protect these guys, but he shut it down,” Brown said with a shot directed right at Woods. It’s unclear if the news came as a shock to Brown, although it can be inferred that maybe it did not. It’s also fair to assume Brown is pretty displeased with hearing about it less than hour before kickoff of a game.
WVU HC Neal Brown with a shot to transferring CB Charles Woods: “I heard he put something out on social media. I try to protect these guys, but he shut it down.”
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Woods, who had to undergo ankle surgery in the middle of this season after being carted off the field in Pittsburgh in Week 1, will be able to transfer without having the 2022 campaign cost against him. Woods’ loss was a big hit to the Mountaineers’ secondary early in the season. Defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley even talked about the impact of getting Woods back when he returned in a limited role in Lubbock and then seeing more time the following week against TCU. Nothing was hinted prior to Brown’s postgame comments about Woods not giving it his all in practice etc.
Woods wasn’t the first player to decide to transfer during Brown’s tenure at WVU, and he likely won’t be the last, but he is the first player that took a shot from the head coach on his way out.
WVSN will continue to update this story as we learn more information.