Monday Thoughts: Babcock, Twitter, the Coastal, and the Hot Seat

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Babcock and Twitter

Sometimes it takes a while before a new athletic director can make his mark.  Or, perhaps a better way to put that is sometimes it takes a while before a new athletic director’s mark is noticed by the general public.

Despite the “Tech” in its name, Virginia Tech hasn’t exactly been a tech-savvy athletic department in many ways.  Frank Beamer likes to joke that he can’t even turn on a computer, and he’s probably being serious.  That was a cute joke 10 years ago, but it’s not-so-cute anymore in these days when Nick Saban is Facetiming Da’Shawn Hand.  I know some of you get mad when I say that Frank holds us back a little in recruiting, but that Nick Saban/Facetime story is something I heard from a very good source.  From that standpoint, Frank Beamer does hold us back in recruiting because – as he’s joked – he can’t even turn on a computer.  Nick Saban apparently can.  Da’Shawn Hand went to Alabama, and not Virginia Tech.

Of course, the lack of tech savviness doesn’t all lay at Frank Beamer’s feet.  It’s a department problem, and even a school problem.  That’s where I have already seen evidence of Whit Babcock making his mark at Tech.  Over the past couple of weeks, a lot of VT employees have gotten on the Twitter bandwagon.  Here are the ones I’ve noticed:

Scot Loeffler – Offensive Coordinator (@CoachLefty_VT)
Bud Foster – Defensive

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