The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Assistant Coach Hires, Isaiah Wilkins, and More

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1) For Virginia Tech, will the transfer portal be helpful or hurtful? – Stork

Chris Coleman:
Long term, I expect the transfer portal will prove to be neutral for Virginia Tech.  There will be years where it’s a negative, and years where it’s a positive, but it overall it will be neutral, in my opinion.

I think we all jumped the gun a little bit on the whole transfer portal thing back in January.  We had a good reason to do so, because none of us had experienced it before.  But looking back, now that Deshawn McClease and Hendon Hooker have withdrawn from the portal, it just wasn’t all that big of a deal.

Sure, I’d like to have Josh Jackson back, but who of the trio of Jackson, Willis and Patterson is a third string quarterback?  They are all better than that.  We were going to lose one of them, and Jackson was always the most likely to go.  Sure, I’d like to have Chris Cunningham back, but I think James Mitchell will be ready to step in and assume that role after an offseason in the strength and conditioning program.

Eric Kumah is the big loss, but it’s not like Virginia Tech doesn’t have any other good outside receivers.  We’ll be fine there.  If I had to choose between having an unhappy Eric Kumah or having no Eric Kumah, I’d pick no Eric Kumah.  He’s a good player, but he’s not good enough to risk any potential chemistry issues, in my opinion.

Everybody else who entered their name in the transfer portal and kept it there simply wasn’t good enough to help us.  I think this offseason would have gone