The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Braxton Burmeister, Landers Nolley, and What’s Next for Mike Young

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1) Do you think we need to replace the Merryman Center to stay competitive in football recruiting? – teaysvalleyhokie

Chris Coleman: If we had an endless amount of money, I’d like to see it done. But we don’t, and I’m not convinced that simply throwing money and a new facility at the issues will magically transform Virginia Tech into a top 15 recruiting school.

I’m starting to become a basic facts and figures guy when it comes to football recruiting, particularly the demographics side of things. Virginia Tech used to be able to draw on places like Lynchburg, Danville and Richmond as major sources of talent.

In the past, I’ve pointed out that Clemson has a more favorable location for recruiting than Virginia Tech, and one of the responses I’ve gotten from some fans is that Clemson is in the middle of nowhere, too. That is not correct from a population standpoint.

Using data researched here (including a color-coordinated map that gives you a good idea of the more dense population areas), I found that the Clemson-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area (CSA) is 1.45 million. The Blacksburg-Christiansburg CSA is at 168,000. Throw in the Roanoke CSA as well to be fair to Tech, and it still comes out to only 482,000, still about a million people less than the Clemson area.

Clemson is also two hours and 15 minutes away from Atlanta, with the following population