Brown’s buyout after the regular season — expected to be nearly $17 million — looms over the WVU athletic department, but ATP is told that is not what is keeping Brown on the sidelines in 2023. Although there is offset language in the contract that could lessen that amount for WVU, there has been aggressive second-guessing of the school giving Brown an extension in April 2021, when he had a record of 11-11. That pushed his deal through 2026 and guaranteed a large portion of the contract.