‘A full-blooded Troy Trojan;’ what it takes

(PHOTO/ Troy Athletics) Troy alum J.D. Phillips is recognized by former head coach Neal Brown at a student appreciation scrimmage last season.  Scott Shelton Staff Writer At a men’s basketball game in December 2017, Troy University gave free tickets to the football team’s bowl game in New Orleans to the first 300 students who showed up. J.D. Phillips was the first one in line.  The game started at 7 p.m., but Phillips said he was outside the arena waiting about 11 a.m. “I wanted to be the first person in…

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West Virginia reaches deal with Neal Brown

Scott Shelton Staff Writer Troy head football coach Neal Brown has accepted a deal to be West Virginia’s head football coach, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. Brown has agreed in principle to become the Mountaineers’ next head coach and will receive a six-year deal, according to Stadium Network’s Brett McMurphy. Brown was 35-16 in four seasons as the Trojans’ head coach. In the last three seasons, Brown achieved a 31-8 record, including a bowl win in each season. In 2016, the team started 8-1, and the Trojans became…

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Georgia State win costs Trojan football starting quarterback, Kaleb Barker

Wesley Kirchharr Sports Editor Following a costly win against Georgia State on Thursday, the Troy football team heads to Lynchburg, Virginia, to face the Liberty Flames despite missing some of its key pieces.  Head Coach Neal Brown revealed on Monday that Kaleb Barker is out for the season and Tron Folsom is questionable for Saturday’s non-conference matchup. “The win came with cost,” Brown said. “Kaleb Barker tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament); he’ll be out for the season.  “He’s going to have surgery on Friday. I hate it for him.…

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Trojan football takes best record in Sun Belt

Scott Shelton Staff Writer The Troy football team exploded for 554 yards of offense and forced two turnovers on defense to defeat the Georgia State Panthers 37-20 at home on Thursday night.  This win moves the Trojans to 3-0 in Sun Belt play, the best record in the conference and 5-1 overall.  “I am proud of the players and staff on the short week,” said Troy Head Coach Neal Brown. “I was impressed with what they did.  “We had several guys that went down. We always talk about a ‘next…

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Troy gets new football fan after act of kindness

Abby Taylor Assistant News Editor Fifth-grader Sam Kubert of Omaha, Nebraska, was upset when the Trojans beat both of his favorite teams, Nebraska and LSU.  But the Trojans extended some kindness and a letter from Head Coach Neal Brown in hopes of getting a new Troy fan. When the Trojans took on a win Sept. 15 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Sam’s father, Greg Kubert, tweeted about his son being a Nebraska and LSU football fan, tagging the Trojans football team. Troy defeated LSU in 2017. The tweet reads: “Dear @Troy­TrojansFB:…

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