Babcock leaves the football coaching to the people who do it for a living, but he was very impressed with the Tech crowd on Thursday night. They had a great crowd, and Marty Smith delivered a great message. He was honored to be there for his first Thursday night game. He thanked the fans for coming out and being so loud.
Tech has been working on their schedule trying to shift things around in the future. Ideally, they will have 6-7 home games per year. They want to have at least one non-conference marquee opponent each year. Tech will NOT have seven road games in 2019. They will shift things around to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Another neutral site game isn’t impossible, but the Atlanta game isn’t at the top of the list right now. They don’t have any big announcements on a neutral site game coming soon.
Tech and WVU have started a Black Diamond Challenge that will cover a variety of sports. Baseball, wrestling, football, men’s and women’s basketball, and other sports are also involved. He likes it from several perspectives, including the budget perspective. Tech can bus to West Virginia and not have to fly. He would like to look into something with Tennessee, too. He doesn’t have any interest in playing Maryland right now.
Babcock would never consider covering empty seats with advertisements. He thinks Lane Stadium is the perfect size, and they hope to start filling it up again.
Tech will talk about going to a tiered pricing system for football. It won’t necessarily happen, but that’s something they’ll talk about, especially lower priced tickets for first-timers. They are trying it in basketball this year, and they’ll gain experience from that. Basketball ticket sales are going pretty well, the student interest seems up, and the marketing people are doing a great job.
Tech had a senior staff meeting on Monday. They talked about the UNC scandal. It’s scary and surprising. Babcock told his staff that if they have any inkling that anything like that is going on at Tech, they need to report it right away. Tech’s academic support staff reports directly to the University Provost, and he considers that a good thing. The cover up is actually worse than the crime, and they aren’t going to have that at Tech.
In some ways, Babcock understands how the NCAA handles autograph. A school can say “if you come here we’ll set you up with an autograph show and somebody will pay you $50 grand for your autographs.” He thinks it opens Pandora’s Box to cheating. He’s not a fan of a pay for play system. It should be an amateur sport.
After getting hammered, sometimes you want to throw up after watching the tape, but that wasn’t the case after the Miami game. They just have to execute better and take care of the football. He was proud of the way the players and coaches handled themselves. They ran into a team that was hot. Beamer doesn’t know if he’s seen a guy who gets in and out of the hole quicker than Duke Johnson.
Tech has to come out and run the ball better in the first half. It takes pressure off the quarterback, and it makes it easier to be unpredictable with their play calling.
Beamer thought Brewer made a few poor throws in the first half, but he also saw a play on film where the receiver wasn’t at the right depth. That wasn’t Brewer’s fault. There were some things he thought right after the game that weren’t true after watching the film.
Tech will give Mark Leal some more reps in practice, but Beamer feels like Michael Brewer gives them the best chance to win. He does a lot of things well.
The Hokies wanted to get their best talent on the field against Miami, and that’s why they pulled Jerome Wright’s redshirt against Miami. Marshawn Williams, Wright and Sam Rogers give them the best chance to win.
Marshawn Williams has a great attitude and he’s a team guy. Beamer is really high on him as a player and a person. He brings a lot to the table.
Trey Edmunds continues to work hard. He’s still got a ways to go with his rehab.
Execution builds confidence, and Tech is looking for execution right now.
Tech’s backs didn’t have a single fumble last year, but they lost three against Miami. They’ve got to do a better job of holding it high and tight.
The Hokies have to do a better job of starting better on offense, and they are working hard to get that done.
Beamer would like to see Demitri Knowles back in there. He has gotten lost in the shuffle. They want to get the ball down the field more, and he would fit into those fans. Tech is spending a lot of time in practice working on the deep ball. Hopefully they can do that better going forward.
Beamer really appreciates the fans, and he’s sorry they were disappointed. He knows the team didn’t live up to their end of the bargain. He knows how much the fans care. He knows that when the team doesn’t do well, if effects a lot of things in the athletic department, and he doesn’t like that because he wants to see the whole department do well.
Beamer wishes Brenden Motley had been able to go through preseason practice. Mark Leal played well against Miami. When you replace your quarterback, it’s always a lot of second guessing. If it works, great, but if it doesn’t there is always a lot of second guessing. The bottom line is everybody needs to play better around the quarterback.
Tyler Murphy, the BC quarterback, is a transfer from Florida. He is their leading rusher, and he does a good job of distributing the ball. You can expect BC to try to hammer the ball against Tech. They are big and solid up front.
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