West Virginia College director of athletics and affiliate vice chairman Shane Lyons is resigning beneath strain from the college. Lyons knowledgeable his crew of the choice this morning after a tense Sunday assembly with WVU President E. Gordon Gee.
The transfer represents a major shift in route for WVU Athletics because the destiny of soccer coach Neal Brown can also be being thought-about and because the College adapts to a quickly altering athletics panorama. Lyons declined a proposal from Gee to step down as Director of Athletics, however remained Affiliate Vice President.
The Lyons signing in 2015 was seen as a pure match on the time. Lyons is a Parkersburg native and a WVU graduate who has labored in faculty athletics. His coaching was largely in compliance and convention administration.
This talent set served him nicely initially at WVU. Nonetheless, faculty athletics has modified dramatically with identify, picture and likeness and liberalized switch guidelines. Key WVU officers have been involved that Lyons was not the particular person greatest geared up to handle the altering panorama and put WVU sports activities groups in the most effective place for long-term success.
Lyons has been closely concerned in boards and committees outdoors the College, together with his function as chairman of the NCAA Division 1 Soccer Oversight Committee. These obligations added to Lyons’ stature, however there was additionally a perception amongst some at WVU that he needs to be spending extra time on the day-to-day administration of WVU athletics quite than delegating obligations.
There have been additionally considerations in regards to the administration of the Mountaineer Athletic Membership, the athletics division’s fundraising arm. There have been plenty of departures by senior MAC officers, together with government director Ben Murray, who left final yr to take up an analogous function on the College of Nebraska.
Soccer coach Neal Brown’s standing has additionally revolved round WVU athletics. Lyons employed Brown – a transfer supported by WVU President Gordon Gee. Nonetheless, Brown’s document is simply 21-24 in 4 seasons.
The college’s high officers additionally signed Brown’s 2021 contract extension, following Lyon’s advice. This contract ensures full cost of the remaining quantity of the six-year contract for Brown, even when he’s fired. Which means WVU is on the hook for at the very least $16 million if Brown is fired earlier than or on the finish of the season.
WVU officers are anticipated to attend till the tip of the season to totally assess Brown’s standing, and if Brown is fired, the college desires a brand new sporting director to rent his substitute.
The college will conduct a nationwide seek for a brand new sporting director. WVU Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop is anticipated to function interim AD.
WVU had no rapid remark, however is anticipated to concern a proper assertion later at present. There was additionally no rapid remark from Lyons.