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Tough question...I guess it would depend which mid-major...the money would obviously be better as a head coach at VT, but there are some things you can do as a mid-major to combat some of the problems you face
for instance, mid-majors rarely get good post players...most of the time, if you have a good post player on a mid-major team, it's because he developed well after entering college...what you can do to combat that is to recruit smaller players who have flaws in their game, fit them into your system, then gameplan around their weaknesses...recruiting 6'6 post players isn't something you can do on a regular basis in the ACCs of the world unless theyre freak athletes
mid-major have to be more efficient...you cant waste your time on a prospect that is flirting with major programs...you have to use the recruiting budget wisely, because it's pocket change to everyone else...you have to be real with what your program is, have a clear defined sense of what you're going for, then recruit to that system...find players who excel in what your focus is, even if they are a little deficient in other areas...
as a BCS school, it's harder to use those types of players in your program, because the "big boys" in your league will expose their weaknesses...you can still gameplan around some weaknesses, it's just a lot harder
everything else is just a money issue, and at many places, the fan support is pretty slim...the school I was at, our fans were pretty fair-weather...even as we won two conference championships, and were the only school in the nation (besides Gonzaga) to play in the conference championship game for 6 straight seasons, 7 straight seasons of 20+ wins and an exciting team to watch with a future NBA prospect on the floor each night...they don't know what they have...but I digress
some mid-majors have GREAT fan support though...I hate Ohio U., I've stated that before...but their fans are the best I've seen outside of Duke, and that's including VT at its best...theyre organized, theyre loud at the right points, theyre loud the entire game, theyre pretty comical...its a great atmosphere...and there's not a lot of money in that program either, but their fans flat out get it done, and it's hard to win there...
in my time at the mid-major I was at, we were fortunate enough to land a 7'0 who was one of the top 100 players in the nation coming out of high school, beating out Pitt, WVU and VT (James Johnson wanted him badly)...we got VERY lucky in that case and that instance is a huge exception rather than the rule...
I would have to say, that if I were a head coach, that I would rather have mid-major problems than the ones facing VT...I've stated before to people close to me that as sad as it is, until the culture of the program changes, if I am fortunate enough to rise to that level (which is obviously an uphill climb) that I'm no sure I'd be willing to work at VT, my alma mater, and a school I love and will always love
Wow, you post a bleak assessment of VT basketball. Is it really so bad that a Hokie wouldn't jump at one day being the head coach? If it's as bad as you project, speaking the total package, it would seem VT is headed for the role of perennial cellar dweller in the ACC. Recent hires at UVA, Maryland, NCSU, Clemson, and BC seem to have those programs on the rise, and GT and Miami at least have the NBA city advantage along with BC. Incoming Cuse and Pitt may be able to challenge UNC and Duke. WF is not as rural as VT. The Hokies had early success in a down ACC, but you have to wonder what success the Hokies can have down the road, and after tying for the cellar this year, what their basketball future holds.I hope the deficiencies are corrected immediately, as I fear it will be hard to reverse a losing trend at VT.
The good news is that with some commitment, the program has some real potential...the ACC will undergo some changes soon that will make it become again, the premier conference in the nation...more importantly, there will be some serious challengers each year to Duke and UNC, which could level the playing field on the recruiting trail in this area, even if only a little bit...and in the big picture of the program, it is still better off than before Greenberg arrived, so we've been trending upward, we've just stalled out a little
if VT can get out of this funk, continue an upward trend as the league itself trends upward, it could ride that success to becoming a consistent winning program
If you are in the BB business, you need to get out now.
You have no vision and no imagination.
You see things as you believe them to be, not as what they can be. That's not a formula for success.
CFB had many more challenges than you have presented here.
Thank God this man saw a great opportunity to do something special. And when he did, he got all the money and facilities that he could use, but not before.
And that's the only way VT can get to the next level in BB... find someone with his mindset.
I'll say it again, because it is the truth: Great players will play for a great coach.......anywhere!
Anything that is achieved in life that leaves a legacy is done so despite the obstacles, not by going by what "everyone else thinks".
If this were not so, then everyone would achieve great things; instead most live their lives in quite desperation, maybe gaming the system, becoming bit players on a larger stage, and telling themselves and anyone that will listen, how smart they are.
Last edited by VPI63; Thu Apr 12 2012 at 04:26 AM.
Basically, I think Weaver just decided that as soon as VT was admitted to the ACC, he could start running the basketball ticketing operation as though it was football. And he was right for a couple of years- the excitement of being in the ACC was enough to generate the same type of demand for bball tix as we've seen for a much more successful football program. Now, though, reality (and apathy) has set in for the basketball fanbase. When that happens, the athletic dept needs to realize that they are no longer in a seller's market and they need to take steps to encourage more fans to actually show up at Cassell. They could start by scheduling more weekend games during daylight hours, moving the students back to halfcourt to generate more of a fun atmosphere in the arena, offering discounts on non-league or lower tier ACC games, and allowing people to purchase season ticket mini-plans for the big games (Duke, UNC, etc) so those seats won't be empty for all the other games.