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Brown Squashes South Carolina Rumors

West Virginia coach Neal Brown walks down the sideline during the first half of an NCAA football game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

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If there were any questions about current West Virginia coach Neal Brown being a candidate for the South Carolina head coach position, they have been answered. Brown, during a press conference Tuesday, squashed any rumors that he was a candidate for the Gamecocks’ position.

South Carolina fired football coach Will Muschamp on Sunday, Nov. 15 after losing their third straight game of the season. Currently, the Gamecocks are 2-7.

“I guess it’s good because people are paying attention and think we are doing something right.

“So I guess it’s a positive in that manner,” Brown said. “I’ll make it real. I’m not a candidate there. I really don’t go about addressing every rumor out there because I think you’ll it’ll spin yourself in a web because I don’t think there’s any way to keep up. But, it’s pretty simple. I’m not a candidate there.”

West Virginia (5-3) will travel to Jack Trice Stadium Saturday to take on Iowa State.

Last weekend’s game against Oklahoma was postponed because Oklahoma failed to meet the Big 12’s COVID-19 requirements. That game has been rescheduled for Dec. 12 with a time to still be determined.

“Our guys were obviously disappointed,” Brown said. “We didn’t get to play last weekend and it was really a tough end to last week. Guys were away from home on Thanksgiving and not having the game to look forward to like they normally would. I thought our players and staff handled it the best we could.

“We had Thanksgiving lunch together on Thursday and we had light practice on Friday and Saturday. It’s been a long time since we played going back to TCU which was arguably the best game we played all year. But we’re excited about the opportunity against Iowa State.

“Coach (Matt) Campbell and that group of coaches have done a remarkable job over the last five years building that program to now where they earned the opportunity to play in Dallas for the Big 12 Championship. Congrats to them on that.”

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