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And I'll say it again, you're worried about the wrong piece of puzzle

Convincing a player not to go to the NFL is a much bigger deal when you're Clemson and Alabama, and trying to make consecutive trips to the title game. Virginia Tech is nowhere near that level, even if not a single player for Tech ever declared early, you think that would make a difference? How many times have they ever narrowly missed on a conference title or something like that because of players going to the NFL early? You can't seriously think that Tech would have beaten Clemson this year if only Settle hadn't gone to the draft.

No, their real problem is that they have so few players who are NFL-caliber no matter how long they stay. When they do occasionally get someone who's not only NFL-caliber, but can do so a year early, it hurts the depth chart worse because it's so rare and because there's typically no one else who can fill that void.

Virginia Tech hasn't even played in a title game in 20 years. Worrying about what programs, who've made it to the title game for the last 4 years straight, are doing is like thinking about what color your mansion will be after winning the lottery. Tech needs to get the point where half their recruiting class is 4-star or better every single year, or where they're sending 6 players to the NFL every single year (depending on whether you like a forward or backward looking metric). They need more talent, at every position, every year, and that's just to get to a point where they might be able to win the conference.

If they don't upgrade their talent, the best case scenario they're ever going to be able to hope for is like what Washington has done the past couple years. I.e., their coaches are much better than average at getting the most out of what they have, Petersen is possibly the best in the country by that metric, so they won a couple conference titles, and made it to the playoffs once and got hammered. But, even that may be optimistic, as there's no truly elite program in the PAC-12 anyway (the year they made it to the playoffs was the only year a PAC-12 team did), so they have an easier path to winning the conference.

If it turns out that Fuente and staff aren't in the upper tier of coaching ability, and are just kind of average, then look no further than NC State for the future ceiling of Tech football.

(In response to this post by Stech)

Posted: 01/10/2019 at 09:01AM


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