TSL Roundtable: What to Expect from Fuente in his First Year

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Justin Fuente
Justin Fuente

What do you expect from Justin Fuente during his first year on campus?

Tafkam Hokie: Got to give Whit Babcock full credit for winning the press conference. He has had to navigate hiring new coaches for both revenue sports, and seems to have done an outstanding job with both of them.

With Buzz, we are still waiting for the great hire to manifest on-the-court results. As fans, we know we have to be patient since he is virtually building a program from scratch. But we are OK with being patient if only because over the last 30+ years, we’ve endured more tough seasons than good ones.

But with Fuente, I fear we have set ourselves up for some unrealistic expectations. For how many years did we dream of pairing a legit offensive guru with a Bud Foster defense? And egads, that is exactly what Whit has given us. But unlike basketball, we’ve tasted football conference championships not all that long ago and we’re getting a bit itchy to return to those levels.

On the surface, the Fuente hire appears to be close to a perfect fit. The perfection of that fit can easily turn into a fan base that will expect the offense to be sharks-with-laser-beams awesome right out of the gate.

Personally, I’m trying really