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Pride_and_Joy

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So it is your view that VT has everything needed to be an elite program...


except the right coach? That VT should be a 10+ win team -- if we had the right coach? It seems to me the 10+ win season stretch VT had was more a function of some VERY fortunate circumstances than it was that VT did so much right.

Recruiting has NEVER been elite at VT. Why do you expect it could be or would be under a different coach? That's like saying Purdue would be an elite recruiting program, if they just hada. different coach.

I guess I see our program as having the facilities and recruiting territory that's more comparable to Maryland or Northwestern than to Clemson or even Penn State. There are some anomalies that pop up from time to time. Look at Iowa over the last year or so. Or the Hokies from 2004-2010. But basically, we're a second tier program with second tier facilities and second tier recruiting region.

Our success coincided with an AWFUL ACC. As soon as the programs that had the potential to be good (FSU and Clemson) improved, our fun ended immediately. We had ONE transcendent player in 1999 and 2000 and played in the freaking Big East. We happend to have a senior-laden team in 1999, played an easy schedule, stayed healthy, and made a run. But everything points to the fact that those were outliers not really an elite or near-elite program.

Money and resources matter. We will never be able to hire an established elite coach. We don't have the money for it. So I suppose we could keep trying every few years to fire and hire. Maybe we'd strike lightning in a bottle -- like Cincy. Or maybe we'd be Tennessee or Texas (except with less money) and just be on the coaching carousel for years.

This sense of entitlement that some VT fans have that we ought to be elite and would be if we merely had the right coach seems to be exceptionally myopic. It really does seem to fail to account for a wide range of factors that contributed to our run of success.

JMO.

(In response to this post by GoHokies84)

Posted: 09/29/2021 at 09:19AM



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  Need 10 For Good Season, But Expecting 7!!! ** -- battmanvt 09/29/2021 12:36PM
  8 ** -- hokiewasp 09/29/2021 08:55AM
  ** 7 ** -- YardBird 09/28/2021 8:44PM
  Probably too low but I will take 7 -- VaTechHokiesACC 09/28/2021 7:37PM
  8 ** -- lawhokie 09/28/2021 6:06PM
  9 and win the bowl -- McHokie93 09/28/2021 4:18PM
  8 ** -- Stork 09/28/2021 3:23PM
  Minimum of 8 ** -- extremehokie 09/28/2021 3:19PM
  Min 7 We are not good** -- VTGungHO 09/28/2021 2:21PM
  Great is winning the ACC, good is winning the Coastal..... -- CrystalCoveHokie 09/28/2021 3:39PM
  Never said I'd feel good about such an outcome. -- Pride_and_Joy 09/28/2021 4:35PM
  It is true. Some fans are sheep……. -- CrystalCoveHokie 09/28/2021 5:45PM
  Lol. Some are brainless. ** -- Pride_and_Joy 09/28/2021 7:51PM
  Type II, and I sleep well at night. ** -- Mighty Fine Catch 09/29/2021 11:28AM
  Question is what are those limitations? -- soflahokie 09/28/2021 2:10PM
  WHEN they no longer exist implies -- Pride_and_Joy 09/28/2021 2:55PM
  9 ** -- Burke Hokie 09/28/2021 1:54PM
  I'm more interested in quality than quantity -- TomTurkey 09/28/2021 1:49PM
  Makes sense to me! ** -- Pride_and_Joy 09/28/2021 3:03PM
  Good Season? -- Seikoh_04 09/28/2021 1:33PM
  I have given up on "feeling good" about this program -- VT ChemE 1986 09/28/2021 1:33PM
  Good point. -- extremehokie 09/28/2021 3:29PM
  Who is your replacement? ** -- fordham 09/28/2021 1:59PM
  Delete** -- Hokie`79 09/28/2021 1:59PM
  Very kind post. -- VT ChemE 1986 09/28/2021 2:43PM
  In the past few years outr O stats were good -- fordham 09/28/2021 2:35PM
  I've seen a lot of guys being lusted as juniors -- crazylane 09/28/2021 2:53PM
  Brain fart -- crazylane 09/28/2021 4:17PM
  To feel good? 9 wins. ** -- VTizzle 09/28/2021 1:30PM
  Lol. Is that you Whit? ** -- seacain 09/28/2021 1:54PM
  Very stark line you've drawn there. -- Pride_and_Joy 09/28/2021 1:28PM

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