The thing that upsets me the most about your statements concerning VT is that the BB job is not something that a really good coach (at least a coach better than CSG) would want and you have laid out all the reasons to support your view.
Well, that's your opinion, but it has been phrased in a condescending manner, IMHO, that riles me and some others.
Firstly, your opinion is tainted by a conflict of interest that is grounded in a business relationship with CSG and other coaches.
Secondly, your opinion is a static view of the situation and not a dynamic view.
Thirdly, your argument is undermined by what CFB has accomplished when he took over a program that was much more severely handicapped than our BB program currently is.
In 1987, VT had a better BB program than FB program, which is to say we had almost zero FB tradition. (We were the team that was scheduled for the patsy OOC team by ALA and other top tier teams as an example.)
He took over a program that had 3rd class facilities.
He took over a program that was in the boonies. Hell, we were almost unknown in the sports world. If you lived outside of the state, you never could read about VT FB, and were lucky to find a box scored stuck in there with the Slippery Rock College results.
He took over a program that was an independent.
He took over a program that was under severe NCAA sanctions.
He took over a program that virtually no one else wanted, but he had a vision, a skill set, and the will to change those static conditions.
So when I see what he did, what JoePa did in Happy Valley, what coach K has done for Duke, how other great BB programs were built by great coaches, I see that we are talking past each other.
You see things as they are, from your little knot hole in the fence, and I see things as they could be with the right coach that's got the vision, the temperment, the skill set and the will to build a BB program like CFB did in FB.
If you were evaluating VT's chances in FB in 1987, you nor anyone else would have seen what eventually evolved.
And if seeing that it is possible to build a great BB program at VT is "childish" and creating a counter productive atmosphere (translation: My view is the only mature view) on this board, then so be it.
Last edited by VPI63; Sat Feb 11 2012 at 06:55 AM.
My advice to you, friend, is to speak what you know to be true if you wish. Listen to all and try to understand from where they are coming. But understand that not everybody every time will agree with you.
Personally, I hope you continue to post.
Newt (real, full name available upon request)
PS Our greatest training ground is the UWS Board...those *&^% are just *&#$%^& *&%(*
The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
I'm not looking for Final 4's. That would be nice, but no way it should be expected. How about a team that can make the tourney every couple of years? Losing 12-15 games a year isn't going to cut it.
"Knowledge is good"
--Emil Faber, 1904
In fairness, you tend to present a very grim prediction for the future of tech basketball. If that's the reality of the situation, that's fine. But I don't think people are mischaracterizing your posts as much as you think they are. If the reality of the situation is grim, then it's grim.
I guess I'm not sure how you think people *should* react to the things you post?
There's a difference between a "fact" and an "opinion that you agree with."