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West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown will have to replace at least one member of his inaugural coaching staff with the Mountaineers.

Xavier Dye, the wide receivers coach for WVU in 2019, announced tweeted on Saturday that he was leaving West Virginia and a short time later was named the new receivers coach at South Florida.

At USF, Dye will reunite with newly-named Bulls coach Jeff Scott — one of Dye’s coaches when he played at Clemson and then one of the coaches Dye worked under when he was a graduate assistant at Clemson.

Dye, who was due $200,000 in 2020 from WVU, recruited all of South Carolina along with parts of Charlotte and Maryland for the Mountaineers.

Asked earlier this month if keeping the staff together was the plan, Brown said he intended to but was well aware that this is the time of year when some coaches get shuffled around.

“You never know what will happen in the next two months, but that’s the intent,” he said. “I tell my staff that I’m for them personally, but my greater responsibility is to our university and the football program. So, my hope here is that it’s a working environment they want to be part of, they see where we’re going and how we’re going about getting there and we’re giving them an opportunity to grow in the profession. We want to continue to develop them as coaches to whatever their end goal is, whether it’s coordinator or head coach.”

Brown tweeted Saturday afternoon that the search for Dye’s replacement has started.