Coach Neal Brown Issues Statement to WVU Fans

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Though the West Virginia Mountaineers got beat at home today by 4-5 Texas Tech by a score of 38-17, the lopsidedness of the game was considerably worse than the ticker reveals — the game score at the end of the first quarter was 21-3 and the close of the first half was 35-10.

In a very short press conference following the game, Coach Brown issued a statement regarding West Virginia fans, stating:

“I appreciate them being here.  They were here for our mantrip at 9:30 in the morning in the upper 20s, low 30s. They were supportive.  They were here through the bad first half, they were here through the second half and a high percentage of them stayed. I appreciate that and that absolutely does not go unnoticed.  We’re not playing very well as a football team right now. We’ve got a ton of work to do in this program, alright, but I’ll tell you — and this is probably going to be one of our worst days — but I’ll tell you right now, we will build a successful program here. It doesn’t look like it right now, but because of them [fans] and for them, we will be successful here.  We will absolutely be successful here and there’s some growth pains right now… I promise you, nobody is more frustrated with anything that’s going on on the football field than me, I promise you that. But we have a high percentage of guys who are going to be back and not only be back for one year, but for three years and they will significantly get better.  We will do a better job coaching them and they will be a better product on the field that will match the fans that we have.”

After beginning the season 3-1 with victories over James Madison, NC State and Kansas, the Mountaineers have slipped in recent weeks with five straight losses.

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