Ruminations on the Coaching Changes

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Faced with the loss of multiple assistant coaches for the first time since
1998, the Virginia Tech football program has some important decisions to make
when filling the voids left by the departures of Kevin Rogers and Tony Ball.
Their replacements will affect everything from position coaching to staff
chemistry to recruiting. Some names are emerging as replacements and additions
to the staff, but it’s also possible that there’s more turnover to come. Here’s
what we’re hearing from various sources on the topic of assistant coaches, plus
some information on the new guys who might be coming to Tech.

With Kevin Rogers gone to the Minnesota Vikings and Tony Ball headed to the
Georgia Bulldogs, we know two things: the Hokies have lost their QB coach and
wide receivers coach, plus the two guys who handled recruiting in New Jersey
(Rogers) and Maryland (Ball).

Obviously, the Hokies need a new QB coach, and two possibilities have been
floated: replace Rogers with a direct hire from outside, or replace Rogers with
Bryan Stinespring, and hire someone else to take over the O-line coaching duties
that currently belong to Stinespring. Former NC State head coach Mike O’Cain, a
long time friend of Frank Beamer, has been mentioned as a possible QB coach
replacement, and JMU offensive line coach Curt Newsome, a close friend of
Stinespring, has been rumored for weeks now to be a replacement for Stinespring
as O-line coach.

Newsome interviewed with Tech last month, and O’Cain interviewed with the
Hokies Thursday. Also thrown into the mix, at the wide receiver coaching
position, is Kevin Sherman, a Radford native who is familiar with the Tech
program and has been coaching the wide receivers at Wake Forest for the past
five years. Sherman interviewed with the Hokies Wednesday.

As far as replacing the position coaching duties, those are the
publicly-known options, but what about the recruiting duties? Rogers fared well
in New Jersey this year, signing 4-star DE Jason Adjepong, 3-star DE Mike Gee,
and 3-star ATH Zach Luckett. Rogers’ efforts in New Jersey helped the Hokies
avoid a recruiting disaster in a year where most top in-state talent left the
borders of the Commonwealth.

Ball had been concentrating on Maryland and Washington, DC the last couple of
years, and

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