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Notable College Athletic Director Fired On Monday

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One Big 12 school is beginning their search for a new athletic director this Monday morning. 

After struggling to form a sustainable and successful football program in his seven years at West Virginia, Shane Lyons' tenure as athletic director for the Mountaineers has come to an abrupt end. 

In his place, West Virginia named their current Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Rob Alsop, to the interim athletic director position. 

"Sources: West Virginia has agreed to separate with Shane Lyons, the school’s athletic director since 2015. The interim is Rob Alsop, the university’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. A quick search is expected for Lyons’ replacement," Pete Thamel announced Monday. 

Lyons was hired by the Mountaineers following his time at Alabama, where he served as the school's deputy athletic director from 2011 to 2015. 

According to an ESPN article covering the situation, the school's decision to move on from Lyons was in part due to budgeting issues and the overall uncertainty surrounding the current struggles of the football program. 

Despite letting go of their athletic director, West Virginia has not decided on the future of current head football coach Neal Brown. 

Brown, who's amassed a 21-24 record at West Virginia, will have led the Mountaineers to three out of four losing seasons under his watch should they lose one of their final two remaining games this year. 

If West Virginia does ultimately decide to move on from Brown this season, his buyout of nearly $17 million will add to the financial hardships currently faced by the Mountaineer's athletic department. 

In order to become bowl eligible in 2022, West Virginia will need to win their next two games, starting with a matchup against No. 19 Kansas State this Saturday.