The griping about coaching salaries has to be done with the recognition that Tech's (and UVa's) coaches are state employees. The governor of Virginia makes 175k, a little more than Tech's position coaches. The coaches are better paid then most of the faculty. It's easy to act like this is the NFL and they can pay whatever they want. Its easy to say Tech should pay Foster and Loeffler a million bucks. But even though the athletic department is "an independent entity", the state of Virginia wouldn't let them pay football coaches a much larger amount then Tech pays a Professor of Engineering, or a state judge.
Tech not elite? We aren't Alabama. But 20 straight bowl games many ACC and Big East championships. If you think Tech underachieves, imagine what its like to be a Hoo fan.
All that said, it would speak volumes if Grimes stuck to what he's started here in Blacksburg.