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New WVU football coach Neal Brown stressed discipline in his previous stop at Troy University.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — New West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown is a firm believer of practicing what you preach.

Prior to his arrival at WVU, during his tenure at Troy University of the Sun Belt Conference, Brown’s teams used a weighted sled for discipline, which he said he’d like to also do at West Virginia.

Late to class? You’re pushing the sled. Miss a class? Sled. Do something selfish in a game that costs the team? Oh, you better believe you have a date with the sled.

Last season, while Troy was in the process of winning at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers appeared to fumble with the Trojans recovering. After a review on what looked like a clear turnover, Nebraska kept possession and Brown was hot. So hot, in fact, he was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Mr. Brown, meet Mr. Sled.

“So in the Nebraska game in the first half, I had a disagreement,” Brown said during an interview released on WVU’s official athletics website Wednesday. “We thought we recovered a fumble. It was right in front of my face, the ball was out. It went to replay and somehow, I have no idea, but the Big Ten decided the ball should remain with Nebraska. I didn’t think I did much, but I did get a penalty — 15-yard penalty. They threw an interception like two plays later, so it didn’t hurt us. So if you get a selfish penalty in the game, that’s another opportunity to push the sled. I got a selfish penalty, so I pushed the sled.”

Brown was a college football player at the highest level during his days as a receiver at the University of Kentucky, but that was 20 years ago. Pushing the same sled in-shape, in-season football players have to push was asking a lot, but Brown said in addition to practicing what he preaches, he finishes what he starts.

“I’ll say this, I was really good going over,” Brown said. “I looked like I might have a chance to still play going over. Going back, I took a loss. I did finish though. I finished it through the line.”

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Brown will be formally introduced to WVU fans and the media at a Thursday news conference in Morgantown, but in the meantime his first Mountaineer coaching staff continues to take shape.Chad Scott appears poised to be West Virginia’s new co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Scott, a former NFL first-round draft pick out of North Carolina who began his collegiate career at Kentucky, coached with Brown at Kentucky, Texas Tech and Troy before working the last few seasons coaching tight ends for Larry Fedora at UNC.Scott, who was just named to the coaching staff at Louisville last week, changed the biography section of his Twitter profile to read, “Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach for @WVUfootball.”

Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Scott and WVU were in the process of finalizing a deal to bring Scott on to Brown’s staff as an assistant.

No assistant coaches have been officially named by WVU. Vic Koenning, who was on Brown’s staff at Troy, has been recruiting on West Virginia’s behalf and is expected to be named the new defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers.

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For a couple of hours Wednesday afternoon, it looked like the coaching carousel involving former members of the WVU staff might not be done turning.Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired in November as the head coach at Texas Tech, was announced as the new head coach for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday. On Wednesday, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported the Cardinals had interest in former WVU offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who left West Virginia in December to become the head coach at Texas State.Later Wednesday afternoon, Spavital tweeted “#EatEmUp,” a Texas State slogan, and reports later confirmed he was staying at TSU.

Contact Tom Bragg at tom.bragg@wvgazettemail.com or 304-348-4871. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports. Read Tom’s WVU sports blog at http://blogs.wvgazettemail.com/wvu/