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West Virginia football: Another chance at a showcase game


Neal Brown grew up watching Thursday night football on ESPN. “It was always a big deal,” Brown said.

Now Brown is the head coach at West Virginia, the NFL has become the must-see football on Thursday nights and many Thursday night college games don’t even include Power 5 Conference teams.

But Brown’s Mountaineers play at 12th-ranked Baylor on an ESPN Thursday night game, and Brown sees it as a chance to market West Virginia football.

“That’s the hope,” Brown said. “It can go one of two ways, either really good or really bad.”

Brown pointed out that West Virginia on October 19 played OU in Fox’s 11 a.m. marquee game. The Sooners won big.

“That was a really bad showcase,” Brown said. But “I like the Thursday night games. We play it up to our kids. It’s a great opportunity for us, kind of phrasing it as a new season. Let’s get it kicked off.”

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West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall (12) passes to a teammate during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Kendall passed for 202 yards in the game. West Virginia defeated Kansas 29-24. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall (12) passes to a teammate during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Kendall passed for 202 yards in the game. West Virginia defeated Kansas 29-24. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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