The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Defensive Improvements, Tech vs. NC State, and More

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1) Chris, with the recent turmoil related to rule changes and use of the portal, has your perspective on redshirting changed? – jboyhokie

Chris Coleman: Good question.  I haven’t given it a lot of thought, but I don’t believe it has or will change my view on redshirting.

When coaches recruit players, they don’t make developmental decisions for those players based on the possibility of a future transfer.  When you recruit players, you assume you are going to have each of them for their entire career.  Sure, you know you will lose some, but you don’t know who at that point, so it’s best to just make all of the decisions based on what’s good for their long-term development in your program.

I’d like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to Devon Hunter for accepting that redshirt this past season.  Accepting that redshirt will make it more difficult for him to transfer in the future.  He’d have to sit out a year, and because he’s already used his redshirt, he’d basically waste a year of college.  The fact that he accepted that redshirt showed me that he is dedicated to being a Virginia Tech football player.

That being said, he’s a 757 guy, and 757 guys talk to other 757 guys.  I hope guys like Trevon Hill aren’t clouding his judgement any.  If he chose to transfer at this point, it would be a pretty bad mistake on his part, in my opinion.  He’s one of the guys who hasn’t posted an #ItStartsNow Tweet.  I don’t know if that means anything or not.